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Reese’s basket lifts USC Aiken

In Aiken, Mackenzie Reese’s layup with two seconds left lifted the USC Aiken women to a 61-59 victory over Anderson in the Holley Tractor/Crescent Automotive Conference Challenge.

Reese led the Pacers with 18 points in the season opener. She also had seven rebounds.

• In Melbourne, Fla., the Paine College men hit 55 percent of their shots from the field in a season-opening 95-85 victory over Nova Southeastern in the Sunshine State Conference vs. Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Challenge.

Kenny Fluellen led Paine with 19 points.

• At Blanchard Woods Park, Benjamin Kwast scored two goals, including the game winner with 1:55 left, as the fourth-seeded Francis Marion men upset top-seeded Young Harris 3-2 in the Peach Belt Conference soccer tournament.

In the other semifinal, Montevallo beat Flagler 2-1 as Gary O’Neill scored both of Montevallo’s goals.

Sunday’s final will start at 3:30 p.m.

In the women’s tournament, Clayton State and Georgia College & State were the semifinal winners.

Clayton State beat Lander 2-1 on Jency Ramirez’s goal eight minutes into overtime.

Liz Franco had a goal and an assist to lead Georgia College & State to a 2-1 upset victory over Columbus State.

The women’s final is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

• In Montevallo, Ala., USC Aiken dropped a volleyball match 3-1 to the Falcons.

The game scores were 25-23, 23-25, 26-19 and 25-22.

Ashley Diedrich had nine kills and Amanda Bologna 27 assists for the Pacers
(17-9, 8-6 Peach Belt Confer­ence).

• At Christenberry Fieldhouse, UNC Pembroke swept Georgia Regents 3-0 in a Peach Belt Conference volleyball match.

The Braves won by scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-22.

Kristen Koch had 14 kills and McKenna Heath had 28 assists to lead the Jaguars (7-23, 1-15 Peach Belt).

• Four of the 10 semifinalists named on Friday for the Ray Guy Award hail from Southeastern Conference schools.

They are Auburn’s Steven Clark, Texas A&M’s Drew Kaser, Alabama’s Cody Mandell and Tennessee’s Michael Palardy.

The other semifinalists are Memphis’ Tom Hornsey, Ohio State’s Cameron Johnson, Houston’s Richie Leone, Michigan State’s Mike Sadler, Troy’s Will Scott and Purdue’s Cody Webster.

The semifinalists were chosen from a field of 85 candidates for the award, which recognizes the most outstanding punter in college football.


Howe earns third eGolf win of year

In Concord, N.C., none of the area golfers in the eGolf Tour’s Cabarrus Classic made a final-round charge on Friday.

All three were within five shots of the lead heading into the final round, but Taylor Floyd finished eighth, Dykes Harbin tied for 13th and Mitch Krywulycz tied for 15th.

Floyd shot 2-under-par 70, while Harbin and Krywulycz both had 73.

T.J. Howe shot 68 to win for the third time this season. A former Penn State golfer, Howe opened with 67-66 and finished at 15-under 201 for the 54 holes.

Adam Webb, who shared the 36-hole lead with Howe, closed with 69 to finish one back.

With the win, Howe joined Corey Nagy (2011), North Augusta’s Scott Brown (2009) and David Robinson (2008), of Sandersville, Ga., as eGolf Tour players with three single-season wins since the 2007 season.


Nadal’s win pays off for Wawrinka

In London, Rafael Nadal held off Tomas Berdych 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to finish the round robin 3-0 and win his group at the ATP World Tour Finals, allowing Stanislas Wawrinka to join him in the last four.

Wawrinka beat David Ferrer 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1, but needed Nadal to win to advance to the semifinal.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has won Group B. The winner of today’s match between Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer will join him in the semifinals.

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