USC Aiken 71, Flagler 53
In St. Augustine, Fla., Joel Gierbolini scored 14 points to lead four players in double figures as USC Aiken defeated Flagler 71-53 Saturday to claim the outright Peach Belt Conference championship.
The title is the second in the past five years for the Pacers (20-6 14-4), who also won the regular-season championship during the 2007-08 season.
USC Aiken will play Clayton State in the first round of the Peach Belt Tournament. The time of the game will be determined after the conclusion of Saturday’s conference games.
Paine 72, Claflin 62
Mario Jordan scored 27 points as Paine College clinched a winning record for the season with the victory.
The Lions (14-12, 13-11 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) rallied for a 31-23 halftime deficit.
Georgia 76, No. 12 Florida 62
In Athens, Ga., freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, Gerald Robinson added 15 and Georgia snapped No. 12 Florida's three-game winning streak.
The Gators, who never led in the game, trailed by double digits most of the second half. They whittled the lead to five points on Kenny Boynton's 3-pointer with 1:53 remaining.
Georgia (13-15, 4-10 Southeastern Conference) scored the next six points as Dustin Ware and Donte' Williams both made two free throws and Caldwell-Pope followed with a breakaway dunk to make it 73-62.
Florida (22-7, 10-4) had won 10 of 12 overall and had taken of 15 of 17 against Georgia, including three in a row.
Georgia Tech 63, Maryland 61
In Atlanta, sophomore Kammeon Holsey recorded his first double-double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Georgia Tech used stifling defense in the second half to beat Maryland.
The win was just the second in the past 13 games for the Yellow Jackets (10-18, 3-11 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Clemson 72, North Carolina State 69 (OT)
In Clemson, S.C., Andre Young scored 12 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.5 seconds left, to help Clemson beat North Carolina State in overtime.
Young did not have a basket from behind the arc until he made a straightaway 3-pointer to tie the game at 69-all with 1:13 left in overtime. Young’s next shot was even better, a catch-and-shoot 3 from the left corner to put the Tigers (15-13, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead to stay.
In St. Augustine, Fla., Kayla Harris scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the 10th-ranked USC Aiken closed out the regular season with a victory over Flagler in a Peach Belt Conference game.
The Lady Pacers (23-3, 16-2 PBC) locked up the No. 1 seed in the East Division for the conference tournament and will play Montevallo at 5 p.m. Thursday in Columbus, Ga.
Augusta State 55, Armstrong Atlantic State 53
In Savannah, Ga., Jemimah Ashby scored 12 points and Becky Newhouse and Brittany White added 11 apiece as Augusta State beat Armstrong Atlantic State to earn a berth in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
The Lady Jaguars (21-14, 7-11) clinched fourth place in the East Division and will take on regular-season champion Clayton State on Thursday in Columbus, Ga.
Paine 64, Claflin 61
Quandra Rodgers scored 23 points to lead Paine College to a 64-61 victory over Claflin in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.
Ariel Brown added 13 and Tenesha Jenkins 10 for the Lady Lions (6-20, 6-16 SIAC). Brittany Pevey had 11 rebounds.