AMERICUS, Ga.— Chris Commons scored 30 points and Casey McMasters broke out of a slump with 14 as visiting #6 USC Aiken (20-2, 14-1 PBC) spoiled Homecoming at Georgia Southwestern (7-16, 4-12 PBC) with an 89-68 victory Saturday night in Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball action.
With their seventh-straight win, USCA posts the program’s first 20-win season since the 1997-98 squad went 20-10. It is also marks just the third time in the NCAA history that a Pacer team has won at least 20 games. With five regular season games remaining, USC Aiken sits just three wins away from breaking the school record of 22, set in 1992-93.
After averaging 29.0 points per game last week and becoming the first person in Peach Belt history to win four Player of the Week awards in one season, Commons was even better Saturday. In a matchup of the league’s top two scorers, the 6’8” junior hit 12-of-21 shots from the field on the way to his fifth 30-point game of the season. Georgia Southwestern’s Anthony Sargent, who came in tied with Commons at 22.5 points per game, was held to just 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting.
After the Hurricanes scored the game’s first five points, Commons scored eight points as part of a 14-0 run as the Pacers took a lead they would not relinquish.
On the women's side, Meredith Legg tallied 23 points including five three pointers as they downed Georgia Southwestern 75-43. Legg now has 977 points for her career as she should go over the 1000 point barrier Monday night when they take on UNC Pembroke at the Convocation Center.