DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Augusta State's women slowed down North Georgia College & State's offense, but not enough to get the victory.
Unbeaten North Georgia (5-0) stopped the Lady Jaguars, 73-61, in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams.
Augusta State (2-4) tied the game with 5:03 to play, but North Georgia took the lead for good at the 3:23 mark on Jenica Johnson's free throw. That made it 60-59.
Junior forward Tamala Turner led Augusta State with 18 points. Tiffany Paschal had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Jaguars.
Augusta State shot 35 percent from the floor compared with 46 percent for North Georgia.
NORTH GEORGIA 82, AUGUSTA STATE 69
In Dahlonega, Ga., North Georgia College & State's Buzz Wehunt scored a career high 28 points to lead the Saints to victory in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams.
In the second half, North Georgia took the lead for good with 5:41 to play on Wehunt's 3-point basket.
Freshman Matt Scott led Augusta State with 22 points, 20 of them in the first half. Karim Telfer had 17 and nine assists.
Augusta State is 1-3 overall. North Georgia goes to 2-2.
CATAWBA 92, USC AIKEN 90
In Salisbury, N.C., unbeaten Catawba rode a balanced scoring attack to a non-conference victory over USC Aiken at Goodman Gym.
Six Indians scored in double figures, none with more than 18 points.
It was a different story for USC Aiken, which was carried by Terrence Woodbury.
Woodbury came off the bench to score 34 points in 28 minutes of play, hitting 14 of 22 shots from the field and six of 11 from the line. He also had 11 rebounds.
Kenny Burr chipped in 16 points for the Pacers (2-3).
Catawba (6-0) was led by Helgi Magnusson's 18 points.
Catawba built a 16-point lead early in the game before Aiken stormed back to cut it to 42-40 by halftime.