Larsen on target in Pacers’ win
In Aiken, Paul Larsen had 24 points as USC Aiken routed Armstrong Atlantic State 92-67 on Saturday night at the convocation center.
Larsen was 8 for 8 from the field and 8 for 10 from the free-throw line. He also had eight rebounds, three assists and one block.
The Pacers’ Ronald Zimmerman, the national leader in 3-pointers made per game, nailed seven 3s to finish with 21 points.
The Pacers (18-6, 14-3 Peach Belt Conference) can win the league championship outright for the second consecutive year with a victory over the Augusta State Jaguars on Wednesday at the convocation center.
• In Aiken, the Armstrong Atlantic State women upset No. 16 USC Aiken 53-49 in a Peach Belt Conference game.
USC Aiken (19-5, 12-5) is now tied with with Augusta State (19-5, 12-5) for first place in the Peach Belt Conference East Division.
The teams meet Wednesday in Aiken.
Brittany Hill led the Lady Pacers 15 points. She also had five assists, four rebounds and four steals.
• Cold and rainy weather on Saturday didn’t slow down Augusta State’s Alex Wennstam in the Forest Hills Intercollegiate golf tournament.
The junior never lost his focus in the 36-hole, one-day tournament. He shot 71-66 to finish at 7-under-par 137 at Forest Hills Golf Club.
He helped lead Augusta State to rounds of 292-278 for a 6-under 570 total and a 21-shot victory over USC Upstate.
The other Augusta State players were Maverick Antcliff (74-69–143), Robin Petterson (76-69–143), Derek Chang (72-74–146) and Cody Shafer (75-75–150).
Playing as an individual, Meechai Padung shot 76-71–147 for the Jaguars.
• In Aiken, sixth-ranked USC Aiken opened up its Peach Belt Conference baseball schedule with a 3-2 victory over Francis Marion.
The Pacers (9-1, 0-1)scored the winning run in the ninth inning on an infield error.
• In Columbus, Ga., Columbus State scored four runs in the first inning and pitcher Zach Helewski did the rest in a 6-1 baseball victory over Augusta State.
Helewski pitched a four-hitter while striking out 11.
Nate Crown had two of Augusta’s hits.
The Jaguars (5-6) scored their run in the sixth inning on a throwing error.
Augusta State starter Kip Custer (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season. He went the distance, giving up 10 hits.
• In Greeneville, Tenn., Augusta State’s softball team won both non-conference games on Day 2 of the Pioneer Classic on Saturday, beating Shepherd 8-0 and King 3-2.
The Lady Jaguars (4-10) finished with a 3-1 record in the tournament.
Washout leaves Witcher winner
In Okatie, S.C., Brent Witcher completed a wire-to-wire victory in the eGolf Tour’s Oldfield Open without breaking a sweat on Saturday.
Strong storms and heavy rain during the morning of the scheduled final round left an already-saturated Oldfield Country Club course unplayable.
It forced tournament officials to cancel the fourth round and shorten the second event of the season to 54 holes.
Witcher won $15,000.
His rounds of 66-67-72–205 gave him a one-shot victory over Jack Fields.
Former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd tied for 12th place, Mitch Krywulycz and David Robinson tied for 15th place, Stephen Poole tied for 23rd place and
Scott Usher tied for 52nd place.
– From staff reports