Monday March 3, 2008
AIKEN, S.C. – Another honor was added to the already impressive junior campaign of USC Aiken’s Chris Commons Sunday evening when the junior won Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time, extending the record he already held for winning the league honor. Commons averaged 23 points per game in two wins while leading USC Aiken to the PBC regular season championship. USCA finished their regular season Sunday with a 25-2 record overall, 19-1 in Peach Belt play.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Commons also won the award on November 26, December 3, and January 21, and February 11. Commons’ five Player of the Week awards combined with Jeremy Fears winning the honor on January 13 give USC Aiken six winners this season, one ahead of this year’s Augusta State squad for the most ever. The league-leading Pacers have won six of the 13 Player of the Week awards the PBC handed out this season.
The 6’8” forward scored 25 points, knocking down 8-of-13 shots from the field and 8-for-9 from the in leading the fifth-ranked Pacers to a 65-56 victory over on Wednesday. Commons also grabbed six rebounds as USCA clinched the PBC title and finished their home schedule at 13-0.
Commons then tallied 21 points and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds in the Pacers’ regular season finale, a 72-67 win at GCSU Sunday afternoon. In that contest, the junior knocked down 9-of-13 shots from the field, including 2-for-4 from long range.
With a scoring average of 22.1 points per game, Commons finishes the regular season first among PBC scoring leaders. He has now scored over 20-plus points 18 times this season and tallied double-digits in 23 of 27 games. The forward is also seventh in rebounding (6.3), fourth in field goal percentage (54.7), eighth in blocked shots (1.0), and seventh in minutes played (32.3).
Commons and the Pacers now head into the 2008 Peach Belt Conference Tournament as the host and top seed. With the tournament slated to begin Wednesday at the Convocation Center with first-round play, USC Aiken receives a bye and will play in the quarterfinals Friday evening at 7:00 PM. The Pacers will take on the winner of Wednesday night’s contest between Lander and Francis Marion.