USC Aiken duo come through
In St. Augustine, Fla., Ronald Zimmerman and Santoine Butler picked up the slack for Re’mon Nelson as USC Aiken stopped Flagler 85-68 on Thursday night.
Nelson, who came into the game averaging 13.7 points a game, didn’t score in 35 minutes of play, missing all seven shots from the field.
Zimmerman had 25 points and Butler 17 for the Pacers (16-6, 12-3 Peach Belt Conference).
• In St. Augustine, Fla., the USC Aiken women dropped their second consecutive game, losing to Flagler 63-38 in Peach Belt Conference play.
USC Aiken (18-4, 11-4), which is ranked 12th in NCAA Division II, was led by Porsha Martin with 13 points.
• In Columbus, Ga., Augusta State went cold from the field in the second half and lost a conference game to Columbus State, 82-68.
The Jaguars (11-10, 6-8 PBC) were down 37-34 at halftime. But they were outscored 45-34 in the second half after hitting just 33 percent of their shots, including 1 of 9 from 3-point range.
Devonte Thomas led Augusta State with 22 points.
• In Columbus, Ga., the Columbus State women knocked off No. 24 Augusta State 61-54 in a game that marked the return of the Lady Jaguars’ Jemimah Ashby.
Ashby, the team’s leading scorer with a 13.8 ppg. average, saw her first action since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early January. She scored 10 points in 11 minutes in her first appearance since Jan. 2.
Taylor Ayers had 17 points off the bench for Augusta State (16-5, 9-5).
• Three players – Sean Morgan, Jerel Stephenson and Kedric Taylor – scored 17 points each as Paine College held off Clark Atlanta 89-86 at the HEAL Complex.
Paine, which led 45-37 at halftime, improves to 11-2 overall and 9-6 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
• Former Butler High star Ashley Watts scored 32 points, hitting six 3s, to lead the Paine women to an 82-68 victory over Clark Atlanta.
Ariel Brown added 14 points for the Lady Lions
(11-13, 9-5 SIAC).
Trojans take the measure of Jags
In Anderson, S.C., Paul Como went 5 for 5 and Chris Ayers had three hits and four RBI as Anderson stopped Augusta State 13-2 in a nonconference game on Thursday.
Jeff Rice had a homer and JD Sabo had a run-scoring triple to account for Augusta’s runs. The Jaguars are 3-4.
Floyd tied at top in his pro debut
In Hilton Head Island, S.C., Taylor Floyd made quite a splash in his debut as a pro golfer.
The former Augusta State golfer shot 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to tie for the first-round lead in the eGolf Tour’s season-opening Palmetto Hall Championship.
He’s tied with Wes Roach and Thomas Curtis.
They have a two-shot lead over four golfers, including Aiken native Matt Hendrix.
Other local golfers of interest include Kyle Bradley, Jake Amos and David Robinson had 71s. Mitch Krywulycz and Rob Bennett had 72 and Brad Arrington had 74.
Ex-Lady Rebel to play in Atlanta
Former Hephzibah star Le’Coe Willingham has signed with the Atlanta Dream.
The 6-foot Willingham is currently playing in Spain, but will be back for the Dream’s training camp. Their season opener is May 25.
– From staff and wire reports