Armstrong Atlantic State struggling on defense

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WHO'S HOT

D.J. Rivera. The Montevallo senior guard has gone from the outhouse to the penthouse this season.

Rivera, nephew of Hank Gathers, a former Loyola Marymount star who collapsed and died during a game in 1990, started his college career at St. Joseph’s before transferring to Binghamtom, where he was dismissed.

In March, he pleaded guilty to a felony count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property after using a debit card another student lost at a party for $374 worth of goods, according to The Associated Press. Rivera found a new home this fall at Montevallo, and he now leads the Peach Belt Conference with a 25.1 scoring average.

WHO'S NOT

Armstrong Atlantic State men. The Pirates are on a five-game losing streak thanks to their olé defense, which has allowed 96 or more points a game during their losing spell. Armstrong Atlantic State is allowing 88.8 points a game this season.

Offense, according to the saying, isn’t the side of the ball that wins championships.

STOCKING STUFFER

Here’s hoping Santa brings the Peach Belt Conference its old statistical program from last season. The current stats program has all the head-spinning bells and whistles, when all it really needs is the bells.

MEN

Augusta State (4-5, 1-1): The Jaguars could use either a scorer or a big man, or both.

Paine (4-1, 3-0): The Lions need a rebounder, especially on the offensive end.

USC Aiken (8-1, 2-0): The Pacers would be delighted to receive an eligible Alvin Brown for fall 2012.

WOMEN

Augusta State (6-3, 2-0): The Lady Jaguars need another good free-throw shooter.

Paine (2-5, 2-1): The Lady Lions could use a rebounder or two.

USC Aiken (9-1, 2-0): The Lady Pacers need a gift card for some postseason magic to be used in March.

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