USC Aiken men close in on division, conference crowns

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WHO’S HOT

USC Aiken men. With four games remaining, the Pacers are on the verge of clinching the Peach Belt Conference East Division. Also, USC Aiken needs two more wins to clinch the conference title for the second year in a row. An early kudos to coach Vince Alexander.

WHO’S NOT

Peach Belt Conference. It’s been a down year for the men’s and women’s teams. Eight of the 14 men’s teams have at least 10 losses, while 11 of the 14 women’s teams have at least nine defeats. It’s likely the men and women each will advance two teams (three at the most) into the Division II Tournament.

YOU DON’T KNOW JACK

The name Jack Madgen might sound familiar. His older brother, Ben, left Augusta State with his jersey retired after setting the school and conference record for scoring. The younger Madgen, a 6-foot-3, 203-pound guard, is averaging 10.4 points a game in his freshman season at Division II Delta State. Why is Madgen there and not at Augusta State? How would you like playing in your brother’s long shadow?

TODAY’S GAMES

• Augusta State at Georgia Southwestern, 1:30 p.m. (women), 3:30 (men)

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

• Morehouse at Paine, 7:30 (men)

MEN’S REPORTS

Augusta State (11-10, 6-8): If the Jaguars are going to sneak into the conference tournament ahead of Flagler, they have to win today’s game.

Paine (11-12, 9-6): Lions have won three in a row to close within striking distance of .500.

USC Aiken (16-6, 12-3): Pacers closing in on their fifth 20-win season in the past six seasons.

WOMEN’S REPORTS

Augusta State (16-5, 9-5): Lady Jaguars have dropped three of their past four, but still have a legitimate chance to win the division.

Paine (11-13, 9-5): Paine guard Ashley Watts leads the league with a 20.0 scoring average, helping her cause by shooting 82 percent from the foul line.

USC Aiken (18-4, 11-4): A road loss is understandable, but not a 25-point defeat at Flagler with all the damage coming in the second half.


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