Lenoir-Rhyne should climb ranks in South Atlantic poll

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Lenoir-Rhyne . Keep careful notice of the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne (14-3) is leading the South Atlantic Conference with a 7-0 mark, including a recent win over Wingate. Lenoir-Rhyne, currently fifth in the South Atlantic Region, will move up in next week's rankings.


UNC Pembroke men . After a 6-2 start, the Braves appeared on their way to their first winning season since 1999-2000. But they've lost nine consecutive games and are at the bottom of the Peach Belt.


The box score does not lie. The Carson-Newman men knocked off Catawba in overtime, 129-123, Wednesday. At the end of regulation, the game stood tied at 111. Six players scored in double digits for each team.


The Peach Belt Conference has awarded eight men's Player of the Week awards this season. Every player has come from either Augusta State or USC Aiken. Unless a local player does something special today, expect someone from one of the remaining conference teams to win next week's award.


- Paine women at Stillman, 1 p.m. Lady Lions face conference's second-best shooting team.

- Paine men at Stillman, 3 p.m. Lions face conference cellar-dweller.

- USC Aiken women at Armstrong Atlantic State, 2 p.m. Lady Pirates have lost five of their past six games.

- USC Aiken men at Armstrong Atlantic State, 4 p.m. The Pacers go for the season sweep.

- Augusta State women at Georgia College & State, 5:30 p.m. Lady Jaguars look to avenge earlier loss to the Lady Bobcats.

- Augusta State men at Georgia College & State, 7:30 p.m. A win today, added to a win over Columbus State on Monday, would give the Jaguars a three-game lead over the third-place team in the Peach Belt.


1. USC Aiken (16-2, 10-1) . Guard Kingsley Oguchi averaging 11 points and six rebounds over the past four games.

2. Augusta State (13-4, 8-2) . In his past five games, guard Ben Madgen is shooting 14-for-42 from the field with just three 3-pointers.

3. Paine (7-9, 6-6) . Lions in midst of four-game road swing.

4. Aiken Tech (14-4, 6-2) . Terrance Washington impressive against Denmark Tech with 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four blocks.


1. Augusta State (12-5, 6-4) . The Lady Jaguars received a confidence boost with No. 7 regional ranking.

2. USC Aiken (12-5, 6-5) . Aside from next week's home game against Francis Marion, Lady Pacers have favorable stretch over the next six games.

3. Paine (4-11, 4-8) . Paine freshman Latoya Ashley third in conference rebounding, averaging 10.1 boards a game.

--Chris Gay

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