Struggling Rams knock off Lions
In Albany, Justin Wilcox scored 24 points to lead Albany State to a 69-64 win over the Paine College men Monday night.
Jaren Harris added 17 points for the Rams (3-11, 2-6 SIAC), who have been struggling early in the season.
Allen Young and Kedric Taylor both had 15 points for the Lions (6-9, 4-4), who have lost three of five.
Mario Jordan, who surpassed the 1,000 career points mark last week, had just five points for Paine.
Earlier in the day, Paine’s Jerel Stephenson, a former Glenn Hills standout, was named Co-SIAC Player of the Week.
• In Dahlonega, Ga., Ronald Zimmerman had 21 points, including six 3-pointers, and the USC Aiken men picked up an 85-79 win over North Georgia.
DeVontae Wright came off the bench to score 15 points for the Pacers (10-5, 6-2 Peach Belt). Paul Larsen had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
USC Aiken led 44-39 at halftime and never relinquished the lead.
Scott Windom led North Georgia (10-5, 5-3) with 22 points.
• In Albany, Ga., Ashley Watts scored 22 points and the surging Paine women rolled to a 72-62 win over Albany State.
Watts, coming off a 39-point performance in a win over Fort Valley State on Saturday, made three 3-pointers as the Lady Lions won for the sixth time in seven games.
Kiara Farley had 19 points, Ariel Brown added 15 and Lashonda Canty chipped in with 10 for Paine (8-9, 6-2 SIAC).
April Thomas, the reigning SIAC Player of the Week, had 17 points to lead the Lady Rams (6-9, 4-4). Kedeemya Cooper added 11.
• In Dahlonega, Ga., Jaymee Carnes had 18 points and 18 rebounds, leading North Georgia to a 57-50 win over the third-ranked USC Aiken women.
Carnes, who leads the Peach Belt Conference in rebounding at 10.5 per game, helped the Lady Saints handle the Lady Pacers on the glass. North Georgia outrebounded USC Aiken 50-35.
Porsha Martin led the Lady Pacers (13-2, 6-2) with 14 points. Daniela Tarailo chipped in with 11.
Stephanie Huffman added 11 points for North Georgia (6-9, 4-4). Keeley Chester added 10.
USC Aiken has now dropped two of three after starting the season 12-0.
Augusta fighter to sign pro deal
Augusta’s Justin DeLoach will sign his first professional contract during a public sparring session at the Augusta Boxing Club on Thursday.
The 6-foot, 150-pound DeLoach, who has starred in the junior ranks, will be preparing for his first pro bout, the details of which have yet to be announced.
The sparring will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
IndyCar changes race distances
IndyCar changed the distances of four races in an effort to discourage fuel-mileage racing.
The changes will be made at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Milwaukee and Mid-Ohio.
St. Pete will increase by 10 laps to 110, or 198 total miles. Long Beach is decreasing by five laps to 80, for 157.4 miles. Milwaukee is adding 25 laps to 250, for 250 miles, and Mid-Ohio is increasing five laps to 90 for 203 miles.
IndyCar Series race director Beaux Barfield believes the changes will eliminate the fuel-saving strategy that often begins at the start of the race, and teams will now be able to race hard for the entire distance.
– From staff and wire reports