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By Scott Rouch

Weather? Snow Problem for Georgia

While snow and ice blanketed much of the South, causing numerous postponements, it didn’t affect Paine College (Augusta, GA) or Benedict College (Columbia, SC), Jan. 10, much to their favor.basketball_bounces

Paine did move its games from the evening to the afternoon, with the Lions women falling 57-54 to Lane College, while the men took care of business at home with a 74-71 close shave.

An hour and a half east, Benedict College was making noise of their own as both the women and men brought home wins against Kentucky State University; winning 56-45 and 85-69, respectively.

Both Benedict squads are ones to watch in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The women sit atop the SIAC standings with a 9-2 record, having won 9-of-10 after losing their season-opener. The men are 5-4, good for fourth in the SIAC, but they have won five of six after losing their first three. All three season-opening losses were on the road; against nationally-ranked Augusta State University and USC-Aiken, and a two-point loss to Kentucky State.

CIAA Starting to Heat Up

Monday night’s CIAA lineup included matchups between top men’s teams in the Northern and Southern Divisions. Bowie State University (6-3, 2-0 conference) took down Winston-Salem State University (8-2, 2-1), 86-76, while down the road in Richmond, VA, Virginia Union University (4-4, 2-1) escaped with a 67-64 triumph over Shaw University (9-3, 2-1).

Tonight’s (Jan. 13) matchup in Bowie should be just as interesting with the Bulldogs hosting Shaw. Both teams are likely one-point away from being ranked in the top 25 in Division II. The Bulldogs were in the poll, but fell out after a 69-68 loss to Goldey Beacom on the road, Dec. 19, while the Bears were poised to break into the top 25 but a Dec. 30, 66-65 loss at Clayton State University briefly stopped their momentum.

Jan. 15 rounds out the week with another good cross-division tilt when Elizabeth City State University (9-4, 2-1) travels to face Winston-Salem State University.

On the women’s side, BSU (6-3, 2-0) has been rolling lately and hosts Shaw (9-5, 2-1) Jan. 13.

Jan. 15, the undefeated Johnson C. Smith Lady Golden Bulls (10-0, 4-0) host Virginia State University (7-3, 1-1) while Elizabeth City State (9-4, 2-1) travels to Winston-Salem (7-5, 2-1).

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