Tournament berth within reach of Augusta State

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WHO’S HOT

Augusta State men. The Jaguars received good news when they checked in at No. 5 in the Southeast Region poll before their win over No. 23 USC Aiken on Wednesday – that’s the reward for playing a tough schedule. If Augusta State closes the season with wins at Lander and Armstrong Atlantic State and then wins their opening game in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, the Jaguars can lace up their dancing shoes.

WHO’S NOT

Georgia Southwestern. The Hurricanes (12-11, 3-11), who played a cupcake non-conference schedule, are the biggest disappointment in the Southeast, having lost eight of their past nine. The Americus, Ga., school was picked to win the league; it won’t even make the conference tournament.

SENDING OUT PRAYERS

Put Marvin Vanover, the former Augusta State men’s basketball coach and Peach Belt Conference commissioner, on your prayer list. He is recovering from open-heart surgery and is said to be improving each day.

TODAY’S GAMES

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

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

MEN’S REPORTS

Augusta State (15-9, 11-5): The Jaguars will enter next season with an eight-game home winning streak and a 105-11 mark at Christenberry Fieldhouse in the Dip Metress era.

Paine (12-11, 11-10): The Lions ran out of gas, dropping six of their past seven games to eliminate themselves from the league title chase.

USC Aiken (17-6, 11-4): If the Pacers take care of business at home tonight and Wednesday, they will need to beat just Flagler on the road next week for the Peach Belt Conference title.

WOMEN’S REPORTS

Augusta State (11-13, 6-10): The Lady Jaguars’ front-court play on the offensive end has been their Achilles’ heel.

Paine (4-19, 4-15): If the Lady Lions are going to improve, they must reverse their 225 assists/573 turnovers split.

USC Aiken (20-3, 13-2): After almost getting caught looking ahead, Lady Pacers should be ready for tonight.


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