Lady Jags suffer their first loss
In Florence, S.C., the Augusta State women suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Francis Marion 81-76 in overtime on Wednesday night.
Augusta State’s Jemimah Ashby hit two free throws with 1 second left in regulation to force overtime.
The Patriots then outscored the Jaguars 8-3 in the extra period.
Augusta State, which is still off to its best start in school history, is 8-1 overall, 2-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. Francis Marion improved to 6-3 overall, 1-2 Peach Belt Conference.
Ashby matched her career-high with 26 points on 10 of 12 shooting.
• In Florence, S.C., Ryan Weems had 27 points as No. 12 Augusta State held off Francis Marion for a 77-74 Peach Belt Conference win.
Weems scored the Jaguars’ final six points. He hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left and then hit three free-throws down the stretch.
Harold Doby had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Jaguars, who are 7-3, 3-0 in the Peach Belt Conference.
Francis Marion, which hit 16 of 46 3-point attempts, is 4-5, 0-3 in Peach Belt play.
• Two Paine College players have been honored by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Jerel Stephenson is Men’s Player of the Week and Ashley Watts was named Women’s Newcomer of the Week.
Stephenson, a junior guard/forward who played at Glenn Hills, averaged a double-double in points and rebounds for the Lions during the Tampa Classic.
Watts, a sophomore who played at Butler High, scored a season-high 27 points in a 56-52 loss to Coastal Georgia. This season, Watts has scored 20 or more points in four of the Lady Lions’ seven games this season.
Eagles’ star set for a scout bowl
Georgia Southern senior safety Darius Eubanks, a former Thomson High star, is among the Eagles who have been invited to postseason scout bowls.
Eubanks will join Dion DuBose and Brent Russell at the USA Freedom Bowl Jan. 18-21 in Virginia Beach, Va.,
Eubanks finished third on the team with 77 tackles and was a first team All-SoCon pick.
He played his first three seasons at linebacker for the Eagles before moving to safety in fall camp.
Pistons forward is fined $25,000
Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for a flagrant foul on Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas on Tuesday night.
Villanueva was ejected for the foul late in the second quarter of the Pistons’ 103-97 home victory.
• The son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his Malibu home, authorities said Wednesday.
The body of Scott Ashley Sterling, 32, was found shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said.
Famed manager ends his career
In Barcelona, Spain, Dutch great Johan Cruyff concluded his coaching career on Wednesday after overseeing Catalonia’s 1-1 draw with Nigeria in a friendly.
The former player and coach for both Barcelona and Ajax said after the match that “unless something strange happens, I don’t see myself coaching again.”
Cruyff, 65, is revered in the northeastern region of Spain for his years at Barcelona.