Originally created 02/10/01

Jaguars face North Florida at home



With five games left in its Peach Belt season, Augusta State has some homecoming business to take care of today.

Tied for first place with USC Aiken atop the North Division, the Jaguars (14-7, 8-3) play host to North Florida (12-9, 6-5) at 7:30 p.m. at the ASU athletic complex. The Lady Jaguars (12-9, 5-6) take on the Lady Ospreys (11-10, 5-6) at 5:30 p.m.

The ASU athletic complex has become a tough place for Peach Belt opponents to play. The Jaguars are 20-2 against conference opponents in the past three seasons at home and are a perfect 6-0 this year.

North Florida and Augusta State are the two best rebounding teams in the PBC. But the Ospreys have the worst turnover margin (-4.95 a game) in the conference.

For the Jaguars to be successful, they must contain junior guard Koran Godwin. Godwin not only leads the conference in scoring with 22.1 points a game, but he also has shot more free throws (158) and made more free throws (131) than anyone in the Peach Belt.

In other local homecoming action, Paine (12-8) will play host to former Ron Spry assistant Shawn Parks' Stillman College men's team (6-10) at 7:30 p.m. at Richmond Academy. The Lady Lions (7-13) will face the Lady Tigers (5-11) at 5:30 p.m.

USC Aiken (14-7, 8-3) travels to conference-leading Armstrong Atlantic State (19-5, 11-0) tonight at 7:30 to play in the Pirates' homecoming game. The North Division-leading Lady Pacers (16-5, 10-1) play the Lady Pirates (8-13, 3-8) at 5:30.

The Pirates lead the Peach Belt in scoring defense (64.8 ppg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.416). USC Aiken handles the ball well and is No. 2 in the conference in turnover margin (+2.43).

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222.