Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Augusta Universtiy, USC Aiken, Queens, and USMMA Headline Wednesday's "College Night"

All American Keshun Sherrill has led Augusta to 8 straight wins and a spot at the top of the PBC standings.

Wednesday is college night as the surging Augusta University and USC Aiken men's teams will aim to extend 8 and 7 game winning streaks, respectively; the Lady Pacers of USC Aiken will try to keep their momentum rolling after recently gaining a share of first place in the Peach Belt eastern division standings; Queens will attempt to continues its SAC dominance; and Matt Miller's USMMA team will shoot for a win over conference foe Old Westbury.

Augusta (15-3, 8-2) at Armstrong State (7-11, 2-7)

The Jaguars have not lost in January, winning all 8 games after dropping two conference games at the end of December to begin league play. Throw the records out the window tonight because no road game in the Peach Belt Conference can be prematurely counted as a win. During Augusta's 8 game streak, the Jaguars have won four home games by an average of 28 points while winning four away games by an average margin of 6. Augusta's latest win came Saturday at Francis Marion when sophomores Tyvez Monroe and Deane Williams (along with two more Jaguars who scored in double figures) led the way with 19 and 15 points respectively:

Doubler Header:
Lander (5-12, 2-6) at USC Aiken (13-4, 7-3)
Lander (11-5, 5-3) at USC Aiken Lady Pacers (11-8, 7-3)

The Pacers have won 7 straight games and they trail Augusta by a game in the red hot Peach Belt eastern division (Augusta, Aiken, and Pembroke are all in the division II southeast region's top 10 rankings this week). And the Lady Pacers are at the top of the women's standings. If tonight's home game includes the same rowdy atmosphere as Saturday's thrilling double header against Pembroke, Aiken's pair of teams will be hard to beat!

Queens (17-1, 11-1) at Newberry (12-6, 7-5)

Queens has spent most of the season in the top ten of the division II rankings. Coach Bart Lundy talked about freshman Daniel Carr, a former Midland Valley standout, in this interview, citing his "tremendous" defense and his ability to make it "almost impossible" for opposing guards to advance the ball past half court:

USMMA (5-11, 2-6) at Old Westbury (8-7, 5-2)

Augusta native Matt Miller is averaging 19 points per game and he was recently named to the Skyline Conference honor roll for the third time this season after scoring 33 points in a recent 64-59 loss.

The 33 point outburst by Miller came on the heels of his game winning shot over St. Joseph's days earlier in a game in which he scored 24 points, including 11 during a game ending 24-6 Mariner run:

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