Saturday, December 13, 2008.
AIKEN, S.C. – Senior Brian Egwuatu scored a career high 20 points in second-ranked USC Aiken’s 109-81 victory over Allen before 1,703 fans at the Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon.
Egwuatu was one of four Pacers in double figures in the contest. Egwuatu also acquired a career best eight field goals in the win, concluding the game almost perfect from the field (8-for-9). His proficiency was made plausible by his prowess underneath the basket with five of his eight field goals coming on dunks, including two via alley-oops.
Egwuatu also collected five rebounds, blocked two shots and had one steal.
Preseason All-American Chris Commons continued his double-figure streak to begin the year by tallying 17 points and six rebounds. Commons has now scored in double figures in all five games in 2008-09 for USC Aiken. The senior forward just like Egwautu only missed one shot from the field, concluding his efforts against Allen 7-for-8 from the floor. Commons also blocked two shots in the win.
Junior transfer Josh Dollard just like Commons has also netted double digits in every USC Aiken outing this year. He obtained his second straight double in the win over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday by scoring 12 and bringing down 11 boards. Dollard’s double-double performance against Allen came just one week after he helped USC Aiken open Peach Belt Conference play with a victory by scoring 26 points and corralling 12 rebounds against Armstrong Atlantic.
Cordaryl Ballard was the final Pacer in double figures in the victory. Ballard was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe against Allen en route to a total of 10 points.
The foursome was part of a USC Aiken effort on Saturday that really never let the game get in doubt. The Pacers were up by as many as 34 points in the contest and they never trailed in the contest.
Overall, USC Aiken shot 58.3 percent (35-for-60) from the field. They were 9-for-22 (40.9 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Pacers coaching staff played everyone available on the bench in the victory with 12 players logging more than 10 minutes in the game. The bench chipped in mightily in the game by scoring 61 of the 109 points.
Allen finished the game with two players combining for 54 of its 81 points. Demetrice Terrell led all players in the game by scoring 30 for Allen in the loss. Terrell knocked down five three-pointers and finished with 10 field goals in total. Teammate Byron Littlejohn came on strong in the second half to finish just behind Terrell with 24 points.