Originally created 01/22/05

Paine junior starting to roar

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Kisha Lucette. The Paine College junior forward is starting to exceed her billing. Lucette - a preseason all-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second-team selection - has scored 44 points and posted 34 rebounds during the past three games. She is seventh in conference rebounding (8.0 per game) and 14th in points (10.4).

North Florida. One of the two largest schools in the Peach Belt Conference - which has three times the students and money than most of the league schools - continues to underachieve in basketball. The women's team (6-10) has had recent success and is riddled with injuries this season. There's no excuse for the men's program (6-13), which has never made waves in conference play. And this school is going to Division I next year?

Kennesaw State women at Augusta State, 2 p.m. Lady Owls try to prove they're better than their 1-3 conference record.

Kennesaw State men at Augusta State, 4. The Jaguars seek a second upset of a nationally-ranked Division II team from Georgia.

Georgia College and State women at USC Aiken, 5:30. Lady Pacers, 7-0 at home, face a hot Lady Bobcats squad.

GC&SU men at USC Aiken 7:30. Pacers seek their second win under interim coach Steve Franklin (1-3).

Paine women at Albany State, 5:30. Lady Lions face the No. 3 team in the South region.

Paine men at Albany State, 7:30. Lions try for a second straight road win.

The USC Aiken men's golfers will be presented their 2004 Division II national championship rings during halftime of tonight's men's game at the Courthouse. The golf team brought home the school's first-ever national title in any sport. The national championship trophy will be on display throughout the evening.

1. Augusta State (9-7, 2-3 PBC). Roberto Aufiero leads the Peach Belt in field-goal percentage (.658), but is sixth on the team in shot attempts (73).

2. Paine (6-7, 5-4 SIAC). After an 0-5 start to the season, the Lions are one of the hottest teams around. Of Paine's two losses in 2005, one came on a buzzer-beater.

3. USC Aiken (5-9, 1-3 PBC). Pacers return home for their first home game since Jan. 5.

1. Paine (7-6, 7-1 SIAC). Lady Lions blew a 10-point halftime lead at Fort Valley State on Thursday for their first conference loss.

2. Augusta State (9-7, 3-2 PBC). The league's best free-throw shooting team went 5-for-14 from the line in its two-point loss at USC Upstate on Wednesday.

3. USC Aiken (12-6, 2-2 PBC). Lady Pacers stung by a pair of two-point road defeats at Columbus State and Francis Marion.

Kennesaw State men at Augusta State, 4 p.m., today. The Division II national champions watched their 18-game conference winning streak come crashing to a halt in last week's overtime loss to USC Upstate. The No. 9-ranked Owls will be the Jaguars second ranked opponent in 2005. The first time, Augusta State knocked off West Georgia at home, Jan. 2.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or chris.gay@augustachronicle.com.


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