Athletics Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach Ronnie O. Spry Resigns

Posted by kmay | 01/24/2011 16:09 PM

Augusta, GA- An emotional afternoon in Carter Gymnasium, Monday January 24, 2011, as Athletics Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ronnie O. Spry resigned from both positions after almost 31 years of service.

Coach Spry stated “I made the resignation because I felt like it was in the best interest of my family and Paine College.  I wanted to put closure to it.”

Coach Spry, a native of Paducah, Kentucky came to Paine College in 1980 from St. Catherine's Junior College, where he also served as Director of Athletics and Head Men's Basketball Coach. During his tenure at Paine College, he has received numerous awards, participated in numerous community events, and has built a solid foundation in athletics.

In 31 years, Coach Spry has won three SIAC Championships,  was SIAC coach of the year six times, and boast an overall career record of 514-403.

Associate Director of Athletics Selina B. Kohn and Head Women’s Volleyball Coach will serve as Interim Director of Athletics and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Jimmy Link will serve as Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach.

The department of athletics would like to say thank you,  Coach Spry for all that you have done for Paine College Athletics.  Your works have not and will not go unnoticed!


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Lions Pull off Close Win

Posted by kmay | 01/21/2011 13:09 PM

It must be Carter Gymnasium!  After coming off of a three game road swing, and losing each game to Fort Valley State University (53-63), Albany State University (63-64), and Morehouse (72-78), it appeared that the Lions might let this one slip away too.  Well the Lions decided they had a trick for the Magicians of LeMoyne-Owen College, and overcame a nine point deficit with 1:40 seconds remaining to add another win to their record, Thursday January 20, 2011 in Carter Gymnasium.

A free throw shot by LeMoyne-Owen’s Chris Brown gave the Magicians the nine point lead, but the Lions would not stop.

Junior Chris Hunt connected on a jumper to cut the lead to seven, a turnover by the Magicians, and then Mario Jordan connected on a big three-pointer. Now the lead is four, when Magicians Calvin Stoudemire fouled Chris Hunt, who went to the free-throw line connected on two freebies, and the lead was cut to two.  And who would think it, déjà vu; Stoudemire fouled Chris Hunt again, but this time Hunt missed both free-throws.

The Magicians get the ball with 15 seconds remaining, and of course the Lions were able to get a quick foul. AJ Nance, who finished the game with 17 points, hit both of his free-throws to give the Magicians a 75-79 lead, despite taunts by the Lions most loyal supporters.

With 15 seconds remaining, freshman Preston Hodge (pictured) took the ball down the court, and connected on a big three pointer, and now the Lions are down by one (78-79), but the Magicians ran out of tricks, turned the ball over.   Thomas Broughton connected on a two point basket, got fouled, made the free throw to give the Lions their first lead of the second half (81-79) and ultimately the win of the SIAC contest.

Four Lions scored double digit pints in the 81-79 victory, including Mario Jordan with 22 points, Tony Baker 19 points, Thomas Broughton 15 points, and Chris Hunt 12 points.

The Magicians were led by David McKinnie who finished with 21 points. 

With the win, the Lions improve to 6-9; 6-8 SIAC and the Magicians fall to 3-12; 3-9 SIAC.

The Lions will host Miles College Bears, Saturday, January 22, 2011 immediately following the Lady Lions who will tip-off with the Lady Bears of Miles College at 1:00 PM.

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Lions Extinguish the Dragons in Overtime

Posted by kmay | 01/10/2011 22:01 PM

Augusta, GA-  Inclement weather didn’t stop the Lions from roaring, but it did put out the fire for the Lane College Dragons.

The Paine College Lions returned to the win column, Monday, January 10, 2011 after losing 87-94 to Kentucky State University in double overtime Saturday, January 8, 2011.  Having to play an extra five minutes to get the win, the Lions put out the fire of the Lane College Dragons 74-71 and wrapped up another SIAC conference win.

Senior Thomas Broughton (pictured) scored a career and season high 24 points to lead all scorers in the second half of the double-header contest.  With 2:32 remaining in regulation, the Dragons had a six point lead over the Lions.  Senior Anthony Ogunleye connected on the second of two free throws, to give the Dragons the ball.   A missed jumper by the Dragons, a rebound, turnover, and block all by Paine’s Geno Green and a rebound by Sophomore Mario Jordan allowed the Lions to get the ball back.  With the ball in our court, Thomas Broughton connected on a big three pointer to bring the Lions within two points (54-56).

The Lions and Dragons continued to go back and forth, and then a jumper and foul shot by Geno Green tied the game at 58 each to send the game into overtime. 

The Lions jumped out and scored the first four points in overtime, and then a three pointer by Lane’s Nick Jones cut the lead to one.  The Lions kept shooting, building the lead, and holding the lead, 70-63, until Pierre Robertson and James Edmond both connected on back-to-back three pointers, making the score 70-69.

The Lions were not fazed by the big shots and kept pressing forward even after a turnover by the Lions, which could have given the Dragons the chance to take the lead with  46 seconds remaining in overtime.  Mario Jordan got back on defense, came up with a big block which kept the Dragons from scoring.

In the end, the Lions shot 31.4% from the field, 30 % from the three-point arc, and 87.8% from the free-throw line for the game. Mario Jordan scored 17 points; Geno Green ended the night with 10 points, six rebounds, and five blocks.  Christopher Hunt also added nine points and eight rebounds to help the Lions capture the win.

Lane College Dragons (2-7; 1-7 SIAC) had four players to score in double digits, and were led by Emmanuel Cheers with 18 points.

With the win, the Lions improve to 5-6 overall and 5-5 SIAC record.

The Lions return to action, Thursday, January 13, 2011 as they travel to Fort Valley, Georgia to take on the Wildcats of Fort Valley State University with tip-off scheduled for 6:00 PM.

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Lions and Lady Lions Host Kentucky State University

Posted by kmay | 01/7/2011 02:58 AM

Augusta,GA- The Paine College Lions and Lady Lions will be hosting the Thorobreds of Kentucky State Univeristy, Saturday, January 8, 2011 in Carter Gymnasium.

Tip-off for the Lady Lions is set for 1:00 PM, followed by the Lions jump-ball at 3:00 PM.

Admission is $7.00 for general admission, and Paine College students free with valid ID.

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Senior Guard Lifts Paine

Posted by kmay | 01/6/2011 20:33 PM

Story by Chris Gay-Sports Writer for Augusta Chronicle

Augusta,GA-With the game on the line, Paine senior guard Thomas Broughton knew what he had to do.

"I didn't want to lose," he said. "I wanted to take it upon myself to take it to the basket."

Broughton scored five points in the final minute Wednesday night and the Lions held on for a 67-64 win over Claflin at Carter Gym.

With the game tied at 57, Paine acting head coach Jimmy Link told his team to attack the basket. Broughton drove the lane for a layup, got fouled and then converted the three-point play with 50 seconds remaining. Later, Broughton swished a pair of free throws as part of his team-high 17 points to give the Lions a three-point cushion.

Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference leading scorer Eric Salley, who entered with a 26.3 average, scored points with pinball-like precision down the stretch. Salley, who scored 22 of his game-high 37 points in the second half, scored 11 in the final three minutes. In the waning moments, Claflin needed a game-tying 3, but Salley's attempt from the right wing missed off the rim.

"That guy is too good to be stopped," Link said. "He's a one-man show."

Paine played its fifth game without head coach Ron Spry, who last saw action when the Lions played host to Augusta State on Dec. 2. Spry was placed on indefinite administrative leave from the school, and his status won't be determined until next week at the earliest, Paine vice president of institutional advancement Brandon Brown said before the game.

The 30-year-old Link has had no communication with Spry since he was disciplined, but he said he looks forward to talking to him again soon and is hopeful for his return to the sideline.
"I love him. I miss him," said Link, who is 3-2 since he took the program's reins. "Until he gets back, we have to win."

Paine avenged a season-opening overtime loss at Claflin. The Lions opened the game down 13-2 but climbed back to trail by one at intermission. Paine went on an 18-4 run just after halftime to build a sizable advantage. De'Andre Pettigrew canned a 3-pointer from the corner to cap the spurt and give the Lions a 48-35 lead.

"They've really bought in," said Link, who asked his team at halftime to attack the basket more. "They want to win

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Paine Lady Lion Baiesha Johnson SIAC Newcomer of the Week

Posted by kmay | 01/4/2011 20:00 PM

Augusta, GA- Freshman forward Baiesha Johnson has been chosen as SIAC newcomer of the week.  Johnson, a native of Brunswick, GA stats for the week included 19 points, four assists, eight steals, two blocks, and six rebounds in two games played against Miles College and Clark Atlanta University.

Johnson’s career high 11 points and 5 steals were recorded, December 30, 2010 against Miles College in Birmingham, AL.

Come check out Baiesha and the Lady Lions out, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 as they host Claflin Univerisity at 5:30 PM in Carter Gymnasium.

Congratulations Baiesha, thank you for your hard work, and continue to play hard!


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Lions to Host Morehouse College

Posted by kmay | 01/2/2011 22:50 PM

Augusta, GA-  The Paine College Lions will host the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College, Monday, January 03, 2011 at 7:30 PM in Carter Gymnasium.

The Lions are looking to bounce back from a 57-65 loss to SIAC conference opponent Clark Atlanta University, Saturday, January 1, 2010.  Geno Green(pictured) led the way for the Lions with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the contest.

The Lions enter the contest with a 2-5 overall record and 2-4 SIAC.  The Maroon Tigers enter the contest with a 1-4 overall record, and 1-2 SIAC record.

Admission for the contest is $7.00 general admission, and Paine College students free with valid I.D.

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Lady Lions Get First Win of Season

Posted by kmay | 01/1/2011 22:38 PM

Augusta, GA- After going winless for the first part of the 2010-2011 season, the Lady Lions kept pressing toward the mark and picked up their first win, on the first day of the New Year in Carter Gymnasium!

Junior, forward Brittany Pevey(pictured) scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help lead the way in the 60-58 win over the Lady Panthers of Clark Atlanta University. Pevey, who posted her first double-double of the season scored 10 points in the first half.  Sophomore forward, Antionette McPhail came up just one point shy of posting a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing a season high 16 rebounds.

Sophomore Michele Brown played the majority of the game, and converted on a basket to give the Lady Lions a 40-33 lead.  Brown also connected on 5 of 6 from the free-throw line, scoring a total of seven points for the game. Freshman Baiesha Johnson played 37 minutes, scored eight points, grabbed three rebounds and picked the Lady Panthers for three steals as well.

The Lady Lions went into the locker-rooms down by one point (22-23), but came back out and fought 'til the end.  The Lady Lions and Lady Panthers went back and forth, tying the game six times, but Senior guard Shanee’ Butler took the leadership role at the end of the game, and continued to drive to the basket, get fouled, and connect at the charity stripe.

The Lady Panthers were led by Conisha Hicks, who score 19 points.

With the win, the Lady Lions overall record is 1-8 and 1-5 SIAC.  The Lady Lions will be back in action, as they host the Panthers of Claflin University, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 in the first half of a doubleheader, with jump-ball at 5:30 PM.

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Lady Lions Lose to Lady Magicians

Posted by kmay | 12/17/2010 21:52 PM

Memphis, TN- Alice Holmes scored 25 points, while Antionette McPhail posted her third double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds as Paine College Lady Lions fell to LeMoyne-Owen College Lady Magicians, in a conference women’s basketball game in the Jerry Johnson arena, in Memphis, TN, Friday, December 17, 2010.  

Paine College (0-7; 0-5 SIAC) opened up the contest with a three point bucket by Holmes (pictured).  The Lady Lions and Lady Magicians played a close contest for most of the first half, but Paine went into the locker room at the half with an eight point deficit 35-43.

In the second half, the Lady Magicians continued to build the lead, eventually being up by as many as 14, just seven minutes in. The Lady Lions managed to pull within five points, with 6:37 remaining, but could not maintain, and eventually the Lady Magicians were up by 10points.

Michele Brown scored six points, and grabbed nine rebounds for the Lady Lions in the 61-72 loss.

Monique Reed and Ryan Herd led for the Lady Magicians both scoring 11 points each.

Paine College will return to action and close out the 2010 calendar year December 30th as they visit the Golden Bears of Miles College, with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 PM.

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The Tale of Two Halves

Posted by kmay | 12/3/2010 16:12 PM

Story written by: Dwayne Dyke, Jr. Freshman Mass Communications and Broadcast Journalism Major

Augusta, GA- The” Lion’s Den” was packed with 1,000 plus fans, for this NCAA Division II inner city showdown. The Paine College Lions who entered the contest with 1-2 overall record hosted the (4-0) Jaguars of Augusta State University, December 2, 2010 in Carter Gymnasium.

In their home opener, the Lions showed glimpses of greatness. They showed that they can play up-tempo, pedal to the metal controlled basketball, and they also showed they are a very young team with a tremendous upside.

After an emotional start, senior guard Thomas Broughton came out firing on all cylinders, scoring the Lions first five points and finishing the contest with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

The Lions were standing toe to toe with the undefeated Jaguars, and this sea-saw battle went back and forth throughout the first half. The change of pace came late in the first half when Paine’s Geno Green came down with his second foul of the game.  With no true inside presence ASU started focusing on going into the paint more with their offense. Having three 6’7 players and a 6’10 center doesn't hurt either.  ASU shot 80% from the free throw line and went to the charity stripe 14 times in the second half.  The Lions went 13-18 and shot 72.2% from the line.

When you can effectively penetrate an opponent’s defense good things happen. The Lions showed this in the second half but had to overcome a nine point halftime deficit .They just couldn't heat up their shooting, and shot a chilling 40% from the field.  With the Jags sixth man spark off the bench Caleb Brown, the game began to get out of reach quick .He lead the way with 11 points and just 2 rebounds shy of a double- double.

Although the Lions led the category of blocks with five to one, the Jags out rebounded the Lions 40 to 31.

These Lions are very exciting and energetic this season, and the season has just started. Fans should expect to see the maturing and evolution of a young team. With the 39-59  loss, the Lions fall to 1-3 overall record and (1-2) in SIAC.

The Lions are off until December 17, 2010 as they travel to Memphis, TN to face LeMoyne-Owen Magicians, and they return home in the New Year to host Clark Atlanta University January 1, 2011, with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 PM.

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Edited by: Kimberly May