By Chris Gay
Two teams battling for the top of the Peach Belt Conference come stumbling into the first of their two annual grudge matches.
When Augusta State travels to play USC Aiken at the Courthouse tonight at 7:30, both teams will be looking to get back in the win column. The women's game begins at 5:30.
The Pacers (9-5, 4-1) failed to score in the first 8:01 of the game against UNC Pembroke on Saturday and lost their first conference game 68-55. On Monday, Augusta State (10-4, 5-0) foundered down the stretch against Paine and lost 68-58.
``Since the day he rolled in and I was here, Gary (Tuell, Jaguars coach) and I have both been very good friends in terms of our professional life and our personal life,'' USC Aiken coach Mike
Roberts said. ``I think if we were both 0-5 (in conference play) people would have some interest in that game.''
The two teams split last year's matchups. In the first game, Michael Tyler's 55-foot buzzer-beater sent the game to overtime. Corey Faggins then knocked down a 16-foot leaner at the buzzer for a 74-73 win. Two weeks later, Augusta State came back from an 8-point halftime deficit for a 60-55 win at Aiken.
Chris Robinson leads the Pacers with 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Dain Brown adds 13.3 ppg. Festus Hawkins leads the Jaguars with 17.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg, while Gary Boodnikoff has 14.2 ppg.
``(Paine's) a lot like Aiken,'' Jaguars assistant coach Buck Harris said. ``Aiken has quick guys. So we're going to have to get out and guard them.''
After having an emergency appendectomy nearly two weeks ago, Tuell will be back as head coach of Augusta State for the first time since Jan. 3.
The Lady Pacers (11-4, 5-0) swept the Lady Jaguars (10-5, 3-2) last year. USC Aiken leads the Peach Belt North Division by two games. A win over Augusta today and Francis Marion on Saturday would put the Lady Pacers close to clinching the division.
USC Aiken's Jami Cornwell is sixth in the conference with 14.9 ppg and leads the PBC with 6.07 assists a game. Three-point threat Janell Gerk played 16 minutes against UNC Pembroke on Saturday and is continuing her recovery from an ankle injury.
Lady Jaguars senior center Sharon Taylor broke out of a two-week slump with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 71-53 win over Paine on Monday. Taylor leads Augusta State with 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds a game.
March 27, 2001 Hawkins and Boodnikoff Named to the NABC All-Region Team
March 11, 2001 Jaguars look to next season
March 10, 2001 Magical Season Comes to an End for Jaguars
March 10, 2001 Augusta State knocked out of tournament
March 10, 2001 Rams' stifling 'D' steamrolls Jaguars
March 9, 2001 Jaguars are a 'can do' team
March 9, 2001 Jaguars top Catawba College 96-84
March 8, 2001 Jaguars ready to take on Catawba
March 7, 2001 Augusta State coach ready for challenge
March 5, 2001 Augusta State Men’s Basketball Itinerary
March 5, 2001 Augusta State earns 6th seed
March 3, 2001 Jaguars reign in Peach Belt
March 3, 2001 Augusta State Wins Peach Belt Tournament Title
March 2, 2001 ASU Defeats USC Aiken in PBC Semifinals
March 1, 2001 Jaguars top Clayton State
February 24, 2001 ASU Wraps North Division Top-Seed With 83-65 Win Over Francis Marion
February 21, 2001 No. 22 Pirates Win 16th Straight, Defeat ASU 58-45
February 17, 2001 ASU Falls to Georgia College & State
February 15, 2001 ASU 89, Francis Marion 73
February 14, 2001 ASU Rolls Over Francis Marion 89-73
February 11, 2001 Jaguars celebrate homecoming with win
February 10, 2001 ASU Rolls Over North Florida 93-50
February 10, 2001 Jaguars face North Florida at home
February 7, 2001 ASU Moves Back Into First Place With 70-63 Win Over UNC Pembroke
February 3, 2001 Senators down Augusta State 68-60
February 1, 2001 Jaguars defeat Pacers 72-63
January 31, 2001 ASU Moves Back Into First Place With 72-63 Win Over USC Aiken
January 29, 2001 Records Fall as ASU Defeats Life University 108-87
January 24, 2001 Jaguars suffer tough setback vs. Kennesaw
January 20, 2001 TJ Ott Leads ASU to 61-47 Win over USC Spartanburg
January 18, 2001 Pacers edge Jaguars 53-51
January 17, 2001 Second Half Rally Falls Short as ASU Falls to USCA
January 17, 2001 Jaguars, Pacers renew PBC rivalry
January 16, 2001 Paine tops ASU in City Classic
January 15, 2001 Paine Defeats ASU 68-58 Behind Yari Scott’s 27 Points
January 15, 2001 Gary Boodnikoff Named Peach Belt Player of the Week
January 14, 2001 Jaguars remain at top of league
January 13, 2001 Gary Boodnikoff Scores 26 in 80-53 Win Over Lander
January 10, 2001 Braves and Jaguars Split Peach Belt Doubleheader
January 8, 2001 Festus Hawkins Lifts ASU to 64-63 Overtime Win
January 7, 2001 Jaguars give Harris win number 1
January 6, 2001 Augusta State Defeats Columbus State 74-57
January 4, 2001 ASU Men and Women Sweep Clayton State
January 3, 2001 Augusta State Defeats Clayton State 65-54
December 21, 2000 Augusta State’s Gary Tuell to Host Holiday Basketball Clinic ... Again
December 18, 2000 Augusta State Falls To Life, 72-55
December 13, 2000 Augusta State’s Gary Tuell to Host Holiday Basketball Clinic
December 13, 2000 Festus Hawkins and Sharon Taylor Ranked Nationally
December 10, 2000 Fast start lifts Jags past Savannah State
December 9, 2000 Festus Hawkins Powers ASU Over Savannah State 87-67
December 2, 2000 Augusta State Defeats Lenoir-Rhyne 71-55
December 1, 2000 ASU Falls to 10th-Ranked Wingate 103-88
November 30, 2000 ASU Defeats Rollins 70-68
November 27, 2000 ASU Defeats West Georgia 66-61 in Home Opener
November 22, 2000 Augusta State Notches First Win at Savannah State 68-45
November 17, 2000 West Georgia Defeats Augusta State 76-74 in Overtime Thriller
November 11, 2000 Augusta State Defeats ASU Alumni/CSRA Select Team 91-55
October 14, 2000 Augusta State to host Midnight Madness Saturday, October 14
October 11, 2000 ASU Seeking Third Straight Peach Belt North Division Title
October 10, 2000 Augusta State Men’s Basketball Opens 2000-01 Season at West Georgia