Originally created 01/09/01

Jaguars, Lady Jaguars score wins



SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Augusta State's men's and women's basketball teams earned overtime victories over USC Spartanburg on Monday.

Festus Hawkins converted a three-point play with 16 seconds left for a 64-63 Jaguars win, and Faith Nixon scored 17 points to lead the women to a 71-68 triumph.

Hawkins scored a game-high 24 points, including six in overtime, to help improve the Jaguars' record to 8-3, 3-0 in the Peach Belt Conference. Gary Boodnikoff added 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting for Augusta State, which entered halftime down 37-28 but outscored the Rifles 27-18 in the second half to force overtime.

The Jaguars won their second straight game without head coach Gary Tuell, who underwent an emergency appendectomy Friday and remained hospitalized Monday night.

The Lady Jaguars outscored the Lady Rifles 10-7 in the extra period after regulation ended in a 61-61 tie.

Augusta State (8-4, 2-1) shot 42 percent from the field and held USC Spartanburg to 35 percent shooting. Ernesia Wideman had 12 points, three steals and three assists for the Lady Jaguars, who play at UNC Pembroke on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.