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Braves’ late run dooms Jaguars

In Pembroke, N.C., Shahmel Brackett scored a game-high 23 points to help UNC Pembroke rally for a 70-64 win over Augusta State on Saturday night.

The Jaguars led by seven points with just under six minutes to play before the Braves made their move.

George Blakeney had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Quamian Rose chipped in with 11 for UNC Pembroke (9-5, 2-2 Peach Belt).

Ryan Weems scored 14 points and D’Angelo Boyce added 13 for the Jaguars (7-3, 3-1), who have dropped three of four.

• In Pembroke, N.C., the Augusta State women have lost back-to-back games after an 8-0 start.

Jazmine Kemp scored a game-high 13 points as UNC Pembroke knocked off the Lady Jaguars 47-40.

Amelia Partin added 10 points for the Lady Braves (7-6, 1-3), who picked up their first conference win of the season.

Taylor Ayers, who had 11 points, was the only player in double-figures for Augusta State (8-2, 2-2).

• In Columbus, Ga., the USC Aiken men suffered their first conference loss of the season, falling to Columbus State 95-90 in overtime.

The Pacers led by 14 with just over nine minutes remaining in the second half, but couldn’t hold on.

Columbus State’s Winford Ivey hit a pair of free throws with 7 seconds left to to send the game into overtime tied at 77.

The Cougars outscored the Pacers 18-13 in the extra session.

Ronald Zimmerman led USC Aiken (7-4, 3-1 Peach Belt) with 27 points, including six 3-pointers.

Rory Miller had 25 points and 11 boards for Columbus State (6-1, 1-3).

• In Columbus, Ga., the USC Aiken women improved to 11-0 with a 70-55 win over Columbus State.

Kayla Harris scored 18 points, Mia Antoine had 16 and Mackenzie Reese chipped in with 15 for the Lady Pacers, who are a win away from matching the longest winning streak in program history.

USC Aiken won 12 consecutive games early in the 2011-12 season.

Shan Basley had 13 points to lead Columbus State (5-6, 1-3).

Golf

Season opener
is delayed again

In Kapalua, Hawaii, for those who think the PGA Tour season never ends, here’s a new twist: This one can’t get started.

For the second consecutive day, the Tournament of Champions was postponed Saturday because of gusts topping 40 mph that made it impossible to play. Some holes on the back nine are so exposed that when officials dropped a golf ball on the green, it rolled up uphill.

The tournament was supposed to begin Friday. The plan is to play 36 holes today and get in 54 holes by Monday afternoon.

Tennis

Serena captures title in Brisbane

In Brisbane, Australia, Serena Williams proved the break between seasons hasn’t hurt her momentum, capturing her 47th career title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Saturday in the Brisbane International final.

• In Perth, Australia, Spain defeated Serbia 2-1 to win the Hopman Cup for the fourth time.

Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won the deciding mixed doubles 6-4, 7-5 against Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic.

Djokovic took the first match for Serbia, beating Verdasco 6-3, 7-5. Medina Garrigues evened it by topping Ivanovic 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2.


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