Pacers Survive Two Tough Games As Both the Men and Women Win

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News 12 @ 11 Sat. Jan 26, 2008

Aiken,SC--The USC Aiken men's basketball team improved to 15 and 2 overall, 9 and 1 in the Peach Belt Conference with a 72-69 win over Georgia College and State Saturday night.

Jeremy Fears scored a game high 21 points while Chris Commons added 20 as the Pacers survived a stiff test from the Bobcats. GC&SU actually led in the second half, but the Pacers were able to overcome the small deficit and hang on down the stretch for the victory.

USC Aiken (11-5, 5-5 PBC) clamped down on defense, generating a 17-3 run over the final 4:48 to turn a three-point deficit into an 81-70 victory over Georgia College & State University (10-6, 5-4 PBC) in a key Peach Belt Conference women’s basketball contest on Saturday evening at the Convocation Center. Meredith Legg led five Lady Pacers in double figures with 25 points as USC Aiken notched the program’s 150th win in PBC play.

The Lady Pacers opened a sizzling 4-of-5 from long range to build an 18-9 advantage with 14:15 on the clock on a three-pointer by Legg. Sandwiched between that trey and the next field goal for USCA, another Legg triple 3:47 later, was a 12-0 Lady Bobcat run. Dominique Huffin capped off the spurt with a three from the baseline as GCSU surged in front 21-18 at the 10:55 mark.

Legg knocked down another long ball with 8:32 left in the half, her 11th-straight point scored, as USC Aiken regained the edge 28-27. Legg poured in 17 of her game-high 25 in the opening stanza. She finished 7-of-12 from downtown to go with four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. It was her fifth 20-point game in the last 10 outings and the sixth time she has drilled five or more three-pointers