Friday, January 20, 2017

Augusta University and USC Aiken highlight a Saturday of red hot Peach eastern division hoops

Augusta will try to stay at the top of the standings while Aiken and Pembroke will look to make a move.

Area colleges Augusta University and USC Aiken highlight a Saturday of pivotal Peach Belt Conference eastern division basketball as Augusta travels to Francis Marion and Aiken hosts UNC Pembroke with the top spots in the standings in play for three of the schools' men's and women's teams:

1:30 P.M.
Augusta Lady Jaguars (9-6, 4-5) at Francis Marion (7-10, 2-6)

Augusta has won 4 of its last 5 games, including Wednesday's 77-71 victory over Flagler. Sophomore Mallory Myers, a graduate of Greenbrier High, gave Augusta its first lead (72-71) after scoring on back-to-back drives in the game's closing minutes, capping a Jaguar comeback from a double digit second half deficit.

3:30 P.M.
Augusta (14-3, 7-2) at Francis Marion (6-10, 2-6)

Augusta topped Flagler 84-49 Wednesday at home to win its seventh straight game. Senior All American guard Keshun Sherrill led the way with 20 points, and sophomore Tyvez Monroe added 16 on 4-5 shooting from deep.

During Augusta's streak, which began at Pembroke on January 2, the Jaguars have beaten opponents by an average margin of 18 points per game. But comparing the point differential in January's four road games (6 points per game) to the month's four home games (27 points per contest) indicates that the coming two game road trip (at Francis Marion Saturday and at Armstrong State Wednesday) will be much more difficult than this week's home stand, in which Augusta drilled Young Harris by 32 and Flagler by 35.


5:30 P.M.
UNC Pembroke (12-4, 7-2) at USC Aiken Lady Pacers (10-8, 6-3)

The east's top spot is on the line when Pembroke visits the Lady Pacers.

The Lady Pacers only Wednesday had their 6 game winning streak snapped.

7:30 P.M.
UNC Pembroke (14-4, 7-2) at USC Aiken Pacers (12-4, 6-3)

Aiken, winners of six straight, was led by Richmond Academy graduate Christian Nobles in the Pacers' most recent win:

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