Paine teams get tournament wins
In Atlanta, Mario Jordan scored 21 points, and Paine College held off LeMoyne-Owen 75-73 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at Forbes Arena.
The Lions (13-14) will face either Stillman or Clark Atlanta at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.
In the women’s game, Paine outscored LeMoyne-Owen 36-10 in the second half to wipe out a 12-point halftime deficit and roll to a 59-45 victory.
The Lady Lions (12-15) will play Kentucky State at 1 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.
In the men’s game, Paine led 63-50 with 7:45 to play following a three-point play by Jordan before the Magicians stormed back and cut it 74-73 on a 3-pointer by Shad O’Garro with two seconds left.
Paine’s Allen Young was fouled with one second left and made the first of two free throws to seal the win.
Taylor, Sean Morgan and Jerel Stephenson added 11 points each for the Lions.
In the women’s game, Paine outscored LeMoyne-Owen 16-2 to open the second half. A 3-pointer by Ashley Watts with 12:55 left gave the Lady Lions the lead for good at 38-37.
Watts led Paine with 25 points. Lashonda Canty added 13 and Kiara Farley had 10.
• The USC Aiken women dropped five spots to 21st in the USA Today Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll released on Tuesday.
Minor League Hockey
Augusta winger honored by SPHL
Augusta RiverHawks winger Matt Auffrey was named the Southern Professional Hockey League Player of the Week for the week ending on Feb. 24.
In Augusta’s only game of the week, Auffrey, whose family tragically lost their son the previous weekend, led the way for the RiverHawks in a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Cottonmouths on Feb. 22 by setting up the team’s only goal in regulation, and scoring the winning goal in the shootout.
Lady Pacers star pitcher of week
USC Aiken’s India Kornegay has been named Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week in softball.
The junior closed out USC Aiken’s impressive 5-0-1 week last week with a 3-0 mark and two shutouts. She struck out 29.
• In Columbia, seventh-ranked South Carolina (6-1) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth en route to a 5-2 win over Furman in baseball on Tuesday.
Freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop pitched 5⅓ scoreless innings in his first career start for the Gamecocks.
Graham Saiko, Erik Payne and Grayson Greiner each drove in a run.
• In Atlanta, Chris Triplett and Greg Bowder drove in two runs each as Georgia State (5-4) beat Georgia (2-6) in baseball.
Youth challenger set this weekend
The youth “Olympic Challenger” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Blanchard Park.
The event, sponsored by Nike and Road ID, is a colorful and fun one mile obstacle course promoting physical activity for families and youth. Colorful silly socks are required for each participant. It is open to elementary to middle school aged children. Cost is $35.
To register online as a participant or to volunteer for the “Olympic Challenger” go to www.lctwf.org. For more information, call (888) 268-9423.