Jags, Lady Jags both lose by one
In Pembroke, N.C., George Blakeney scored 13 points and Griffin Pittman added 11 as UNC Pembroke nipped Augusta State 59-58 on Wednesday night in a Peach Belt Conference game.
The Jaguars (13-9, 9-5) had defeated the Braves (14-9, 8-5) by four, 76-72, in Augusta on Jan. 25.
Augusta State’s Devonte Thomas led all scorers with 22 points Wednesday night. Devon Wright-Nelson had 10.
In the women’s game, UNC Pembroke overcame nine 3-pointers to edge Augusta State 58-57 and snap the Lady Jaguars’ three-game winning streak.
Jazmine Kemp scored a game-high 18 points to lead UNC Pembroke (11-10, 8-5).
Becky Newhouse hit three 3-pointers and led the Lady Jags (11-11, 6-8) with 15 points. Jemimah Ashby added 13 points and Amber Peterson had 12, all on 3-pointers.
• In Greenwood, S.C., the No. 15 USC Aiken women handed No. 17 Lander its first conference loss, holding off the Bearcats 65-62 after squandering an 18-point, second-half lead.
The Lady Pacers (18-3, 11-2) led 34-17 at the half and extended it to 41-23 on a jumper by Kayla Harris with 15:04 left before the Lady Bearcats (17-4, 12-1) rallied.
Lander tied it at 54 on a 3-pointer by former Hephzibah standout Jasmine Judge with 5:10 to play. Harris then hit a jumper with 3:47 left to give USC Aiken the lead for good at 56-54.
Harris led USC Aiken with 21 points and also grabbed 13 rebounds. Hannah DeGraffinreed added 14 points, Lindsay Sundberg had 12 and Daniela Tarailo 10.
Brittini Johnson led Lander with 20 points. Ciara Lyons, a former Glenn Hills standout, added 16 and Judge had 15.
In the men’s game, Lander posted a 70-62 win over No. 20 USC Aiken.
Jermel Kennedy scored 25 points and Dwight Tolbert had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Lander (14-7, 7-6).
Sterling Council and Terrance Dent scored 11 points each for USC Aiken (16-5, 10-3).
• The USC Aiken athletic department will honor Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson and Master Corporal Sandy Rogers at halftime of the Pacers men’s basketball game on Saturday.
All those in attendance for the men’s and women’s doubleheader against UNC Pembroke will receive a ribbon in honor of the fallen Aiken Department of Public Safety officers.
All law enforcement individuals and their families will receive complimentary tickets to the doubleheader, which begins at 5:30 p.m., and for the remaining three home doubleheaders on the schedule (Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 22).
The women’s matchup is being billed as a Play 4Kay game.
Play 4Kay is a global, unified effort for a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is the official Play 4Kay charity.
Georgia standout leaves university
Georgia golfer Bryden Macpherson has withdrawn from the university to return home to Australia, Bulldogs coach Chris Haack said Wednesday.
Macpherson plans to train in Australia until late March, when he will return to the United States to play in the Georgia Cup and then the Masters Tournament as an amateur.
Macpherson earned a berth at Augusta National Golf Club by winning the 2011 British Amateur Championship.