UNC Pembroke men jump into tie for Peach Belt's East division lead

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WHO'S HOT

UNC Pembroke men. The Braves are tied atop the Peach Belt Conference East Division with USC Aiken after defeating the Pacers on Wednesday night. If UNC Pembroke is to win the division, the Braves will have to successfully navigate their 10-game closing stretch, which features six road contests.

WHO'S NOT

Lane College. The men’s and women’s teams each reside in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference cellar with a combined 1-22 overall record.

FRIENDLY REMINDER

Disappointing to see a few men remain seated during the national anthem before the Morehouse-Paine contest Tuesday. According to the U.S. Code, “all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.”

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH

Augusta State is offering free admission to all athletic events to Georgia Health Sciences University students, faculty and staff. Will this boost basketball game attendance?

TODAY'S GAMES

• Paine at Miles, 1 p.m. (women) and 3 (men).

• North Georgia at USC Aiken, 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 (men).

• Georgia Southwestern at Augusta State, 5:30 p.m. (women), 7:30 (men).

MEN'S REPORTS

Augusta State (9-7, 5-3): The Jaguars have to be pleased with 2-1 mark in three-game stretch against their biggest rivals.

Paine (9-5, 8-4): Had the Lions made clutch free throws in the final 30 seconds, they would be 4-0 instead of 2-2 in overtime games over the past two weeks.

USC Aiken (12-3, 6-1): Human nature dictated Pacers would lose at UNC Pembroke after an emotional win Monday over Augusta State.

WOMEN'S REPORTS

Augusta State (8-8, 3-5): The Lady Jaguars stopped a five-game slide with a big win Wednesday night in Milledgeville, Ga.

Paine (3-11, 3-7): Poor free-throw shooting (62 percent) has held this team back.

USC Aiken (13-2, 6-1): Lady Pacers face nation’s leading scorer, North Georgia’s Jaymee Carnes (25.5), tonight.

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