Jags might have tough time on road vs. surging Saints



North Georgia men . The Saints have won two in a row to improve to 5-5 this season. All five wins are at home, which is where North Georgia will face Augusta State on Monday. The Saints might prove to be a tough opponent for the third-ranked Jaguars, who never seem to play well in Dahlonega, Ga.


Florida Southern men . The No. 2-ranked Mocs (11-0) have struggled recently in home games against weaker opponents. Florida Southern defeated NAIA Freed-Hardeman (7-5) by six points. Earlier this week, the Mocs needed a steal and two late free throws to defeat Lake Erie (4-11). Florida Southern will be tested with three conference games in the coming week.


The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has a major flaw when it comes to updating stats on its Web site. The Paine men have not been updated since early December. Same for other league schools.

Why is this a big deal? The few writers who do cover the SIAC strive for accuracy when it comes to writing stories and updating stats and standings. Too bad the league does a disservice to the teams and fans throughout the conference by not doing what other leagues do: update its Web site on a regular basis.


Augusta State's Ben Madgen, who holds a 17.9 scoring average, has 1,849 career points. He needs 15 points to surpass former Francis Marion standout Carlton Farr (1,863) for the Peach Belt Conference all-time scoring record. Madgen also needs 47 points to eclipse Derek Stewart (1,895) for the Augusta State mark.

Madgen will have three chances to get both records next week. After Monday's game at North Georgia, the Jaguars play host to Flagler (Wednesday) and Francis Marion (next Saturday).


Madgen already owns the Peach Belt record for most career free throws with 471. He eclipsed the old mark set by teammate Tyrekus Bowman (367).


- Paine women (6 p.m.) and men (8) at Clark Atlanta: What will the first game of the new year bring?

- Augusta State and USC Aiken are off.


Augusta State (10-0, 2-0): Senior guard Daniel Dixon is closing in on the 1,000-point milestone -- he currently has 874.

Paine (3-5, 3-2): Lions' perimeter game might have gotten the team back on track after Thursday's win over Miles.

USC Aiken (5-3, 0-1): Pacers return for first action in 18 days with their Monday home game against Georgia Southwestern.


Augusta State (1-10, 0-2): Lady Jaguars should improve as the season progresses.

Paine (2-6, 1-4): Unless the Lady Lions' guard play significantly improves, it's going to be a long two months.

USC Aiken (5-5, 0-1) : Lady Pacers finally take to the floor Monday at home against Georgia Southwestern.



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