Augusta State is edged by Lander
In Greenwood, S.C., Corey Wright scored on a layup with 3 seconds left to give Lander a 74-72 Peach Belt Conference victory over Augusta State on Wednesday.
Devonte Thomas had a career-high 27 points for the Jaguars.
It was the third consecutive road loss for Augusta State (15-10, 11-6).
Augusta State is now tied for second place in the eastern division with UNC Pembroke, which beat Flagler 76-71 on Sunday.
In the women’s game, the No. 19 Lady Bearcats handed Augusta State its fourth loss in a row, 75-68.
Junior point guard Brittany White had 15 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and two steals for the Lady Jaguars (11-14, 6-11).
Lander is 20-5 overall and 15-2 in the conference.
.• The USC Aiken men moved up a spot – to second – and Augusta State dropped two spots – to seventh – in the NCAA Southeast region poll released Wednesday.
The rankings are used to determine the region participants from the Southeast Region for the 2012 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship.
• In Olean, N.Y., Jessica Jenkins scored 17 points as No.19 St. Bonaventure women rallied to beat Fordham 52-45.
High School Football
Wardlaw hires ex-Trojans coach
Former Ridge Spring-Monetta head football coach Mark Rodgers has been named as the new coach at Wardlaw.
Rodgers, who leaves Ridge Spring-Monetta’s Trojans after 10 years of coaching, replaces Chalmers Carr.
Carr, who led the Patrios to an undefeated season and the South Carolina Independent School Association eight-man state championship last season, stepped down to spend more time with his family and his business.
• Jim Buist, who was an assistant football coach on North Augusta High’s 1961 state championship team and was later the Yellow Jackets’ head coach, died Wednesday in North Augusta.
After leaving North Augusta High, Buist also taught and coached at St. Angela Academy, Wardlaw Academy and Curtis Baptist School.
Buist was inducted into the North Augusta Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Former Cavalier is found guility
In Charlottesville, Va., jurors found former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder in the drunken, jealousy-fueled slaying of his ex-girlfriend and Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love.
Jurors recommended a 25-year prison term for Huguely and added one more year for a grand larceny conviction.
Jaguars routed in road contest
In Newberry, S.C., Newberry scored five runs in the first inning on its way to an 11-1 victory over Augusta State on Wednesday.
Center fielder Caleb Saggus, who led the Jaguars with two hits, also drove in the team’s only run.
Marchand fires Bruins to victory
In St. Louis, Brad Marchand scored twice to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.
• In Ottawa, Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek each had three points and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2.