Tigers star too much for Lions
In Columbia, Benedict senior Marcus Goode proved once again Saturday why he is two-time reigning Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Player of the Year.
Goode had game highs in points (26), rebounds (13) and blocks (six) as the Tigers claimed a 70-64 win over Paine College.
Goode, a 6-foot-10, 295-pound center, leads the league in rebounding at 8.8 a game and blocks at 3.4.
Former Laney standout Xavier Collier added 13 points for Benedict (13-6, 9-2). Tydrian Beaty chipped in with 10.
Mario Jordan scored 21 points to lead Paine (8-12, 6-6), which has dropped four of six. Kedric Taylor had 13 points and Sean Morgan added 12.
• In Columbia, London Richardson scored 16 points, Lateia Brailey and Ashley Thompson added 14 apiece, and the Benedict women picked up an 86-74 victory over Paine.
The Lady Tigers (11-11, 8-2) shot 53 percent from the field (33 for 62) and extended their lead in the SIAC East Division race.
Benedict dominated the first half, taking a 54-25 lead into halftime. The Lady Lions shot only 21 percent (5 for 24) in the first half.
Paine attempted to claw back, outscoring the Lady Tigers 49-32 in the second half, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Former Butler standout Ashley Watts had a game-high 24 points for the Lady Lions (9-12, 7-4), who have lost three of four. Ariel Brown added 16 points and Kiara Farley chipped in with 10.
Jags take split in doubleheader
Augusta State split its doubleheader with Carson-Newman on Saturday at Lake Olmstead Stadium, taking the first game 5-4 before falling 10-0 in the nightcap.
The Jaguars (2-1), who beat the Eagles (1-2) on Friday night, claimed the season-opening series.
Junior Clint Echols started the first game for the Jaguars. He went six innings, allowing four hits, one earned run and striking out four.
Eagles sophomore Quinton Yocom went all seven in the second game, allowing four hits and recording five strikeouts.
• In Aiken, No. 10 USC Aiken scored 10 runs in the final four innings, rallying for a 13-8 victory over Lincoln Memorial.
Bryce Baur was 3 for 5 with a homer and three RBI for the Pacers (2-0). John Fidanza also went deep for USC Aiken. Sean Miller added three hits, a run and an RBI.
Curt Fuqua hit a three-run home run for the Railsplitters (0-2), who will look to avoid a season-opening sweep in today’s series finale.
• Paine was swept in its season-opening doubleheader with Tuskegee. The Golden Lions took the first game 15-7 and the second 10-2.
Cameron Summers was 5 for 5 with five RBI to lead Tuskegee in the opener. Chris Johnson had two hits and a pair of RBI for Paine.
Rodney Samuel drove in three runs for the Golden Lions in the nightcap. Johnson had an RBI single for the Lions.
Augusta State is swept in opener
Augusta State was swept in the the season-opening doubleheader against Anderson, falling 5-0 and 9-2 on Saturday.
Lauren Bell tossed a no-hitter in the opener for the Trojans. Abby Child and Lauren Jansky hit homers in the win.
Freshman Paige Deschaine started and took the loss for Augusta State.
Jags freshman Haley Birkle started allowed eight hits in the Game 2 loss.