Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Peach Belt's Eastern Division Heats Up: Augusta and Aiken's Men and the Lady Pacers All Crowd the Top of the Standings after Saturday's Thrillers

Freshman Kwajelin Farrar scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in USC Aiken's win.

USC Aiken 83, UNC Pembroke 77 (Overtime)

The Lady Pacers (11-8, 7-3) moved in to the first place position in the Peach Belt Conference eastern division standings after Saturday's home win. The Braves fell to 12-5 overall and 7-3 in conference play. Here's how the game was decided:

Farrar is a graduate of Grovetown High and Coach, who scored 16 points and recorded 10 rebounds, attended North Augusta High School.

More footage from the end of regulation and the first part of overtime:

Men's Game
USC Aiken 83, UNC Pembroke 81

Not to be outdone by Aupont, Jalin Barnes made sure the excitement at the end of the men's game matched that which was felt at the end of the women's contest:

Aiken (13-4) won its seventh straight game to improve to 7-3 in conference play, one game behind rival Augusta in the eastern division standings. The Pacers trailed by as many as 11 points and took their first lead after 34 minutes of action when Austin Grimes, one of five Pacers who scored in double figures, made a bank shot to give Aiken a 71-69 lead:

Henry Bolton III (17 points), Mark Matthews (15), Barnes (15), Christian Nobles (14), and Grimes (13) led Aiken in scoring. They all made their share of impressive shots in the clips below:

Augusta University 85, Francis Marion 80

Augusta (15-3, 8-2) kept its spot at the top of the Peach Belt eastern division standings, winning its eighth straight game, this time at Francis Marion.

Senior All American Keshun Sherrill scored only 5 first half points. But Tyvez Monroe (19 points) and Deane Williams (15) filled in any scoring void nicely as Augusta was able to make 49% of its field goals and 40% of its three pointers.

With Sherrill sitting the first part of the second half with three fouls, junior Tamyrik Fields scored 8 of his 10 points during a three minute stretch when Augusta used a 14-4 run to turn a 50-43 Francis Marion lead into a 57-54 Augusta advantage.

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