Men’s College Basketball
Jaguars suffer first PBC loss
Clayton State knocked Augusta University out of sole possession of first place in the Peach Belt Conference, stopping the Jaguars 86-72 on Saturday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Both teams are now 3-1 in the conference.
The Lakers (5-3), behind Aubrey McRae, hit 49 percent of their shots from the field. McRae came off the bench to score 25 points.
Tyvez Monroe had 18 points for the Jaguars (6-3), who were their first game in 10 days. Tamyrik Fields added 16 points and eight rebounds,
In Columbus, Ga., Markus Terry and Henry Bolton III led USC Aiken to a 92-74 Peach Belt Conference victory over Columbus State.
Terry had 26 points (on nine of 11 shooting) and Bolton had 18, hitting six of eight. Doniel Dean added 16 points for the Pacers (5-3, 2-2).
In Fairfield, Ala., Paine College fell to Miles 74-64 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
The Lions, who had won their previous game, against Lemoyne-Owen, dropped to 2-10, 1-4.
South Carolina suspended guard Rakym Felder will return to school in January, although Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said he won’t play for the team this season.
Felder was suspended indefinitely this summer after his arrest on assault charges. Those charges were dismissed in September.
Felder was a key backup during South Carolina’s run to the Final Four last season. He was expected to have a starting spot this season.
Women’s College Basketball
Cold Pacers taken down
In Columbus, Ga., USC Aiken was ice cold coming off a 10-day break.
The Pacers were outscored 23-10 in the first quarter on the way to a 78-59 loss to Columbus State.
Kyrie’ Chandler had 19 points and Emily Waters had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who lost their fifth in a row. They are 3-7, 0-4.
Clayton State survived a nine-point third quarter and beat Augusta University 62-52 in Peach Belt play.
Brianna Middleton had 16 points for the Jaguars (3-5, 1-3), hitting six of nine from the field and all four of her free-throw attempts.
In Fairfield, Ala., the Paine College women are still seeking their first victory after falling to Miles 64-53 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The Lions will take 0-8 and 0-3 records into 2018.
Striker leaves on stretcher
In Manchester, England, Romelu Lukaku was carried off on a stretcher after a clash of heads during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at home to Southampton, extending the team’s miserable run of form over the busy Christmas period in the Premier League.
The United striker was wearing an oxygen mask as he left the field at Old Trafford in the 14th minute, having fallen to the ground when Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt’s head went into the back of Lukaku’s head in an aerial challenge.
United took a while to regroup after losing its main striker and struggled to open up a visiting defense that produced an embarrassing display in conceding five goals against Tottenham four days earlier.