AUGUSTA STATE: Despite losing to Georgia College and State on Monday, the Jaguars still have clinched a share of their first Peach Belt Athletic Conference title.
"We just finished first in the league, even though we just lost," Augusta State coach Gary Tuell said after Monday's game.
The Jaguars will receive a first-round bye in the PBAC Tournament and will begin play on Monday against either UNC Pembroke, USC Spartanburg, North Florida or host Armstrong Atlantic. The Augusta State women begin tournament play on Friday and will play either Clayton State or host Armstrong Atlantic.
Lady Jaguar Katie Lawrence was named Peach Belt Player of the Week on Monday. In two Augusta State wins last week, the freshman guard averaged 21 points per game on 71 percent shooting. She also averaged eight rebounds and four steals a game. Lawrence needs seven steals to break ASU's single-season record, currently held by teammate Christy Bromley (111).
Applications for the Augusta State women's basketball head coaching position have been rolling in as the Feb. 24 deadline approaches. As expected, Lady Jaguar assistant coach Ron Keller confirmed that his application will be sent in on Friday.
USC AIKEN: Six-foot-six senior forward Juan Wiley picked up this week's Peach Belt Player of the Week award. Last week, he averaged 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two Pacer wins. Also, he recorded his 1,000th career point in only two seasons at USCA against USC Spartanburg on Feb. 10.
Wiley, who leads the PBAC with 10.1 rebounds per game, was also named a PBAC Player of the Week last season.
After suffering an ankle injury on Jan. 9, Derek Moore returned to the lineup on Feb. 10 against UNC Pembroke. The 6-10 senior center played 40 minutes and had 13 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in the Pacers' 87-81 win at Armstrong Atlantic State on Saturday.
Moore, second on the Division II career blocked shots list, needs 27 more blocks to become the all-time leader.
The Pacers will begin PBAC tournament play on Saturday and will play Clayton State at noon or 6:30 p.m. The Lady Pacers will begin tournament play against Georgia College and State University on Friday at 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Kerry Ansbro scored a career-high 30 points on the strength of a school record eight 3-pointers in the Lady Pacers' 103-61 loss at Armstrong Atlantic. Going into last night's game, the senior forward has made 199 3-pointers in her career and holds the PBAC record for most career 3-point attempts with 580.
PAINE: The Lions will close out the regular season with a home game against conference opponent Lane College at Carter Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m.
Paine (12-12, 8-7) needs a win tonight to pull into a second-place tie with Clark Atlanta in the Southern Intercollegiate East Division. Albany State has wrapped up the East Division title, while LeMoyne Owen has clinched the regular season conference title.
The SIAC Tournament begins on Feb. 25 and will be hosted by Morehouse College in Atlanta.
The Lady Lions (1-22, 1-14) will have to play at Savannah State on Friday before coming home to play a SIAC play-in game to determine if they will participate in the conference tournament.
Paine point guard Erica Rivera will have surgery to repair an anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament within the month.
Charlene Rutland left the Lady Lions team to study abroad in Africa and is gone for the remainder of the season.
"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity," Lady Lion coach Selina Bynum said.
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