AIKEN, S.C. – Second-Ranked USC Aiken won its second game in as many days with an 86-66 win over Fort Valley State on Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
The victory by USC Aiken improves the program back to .500 under head Coach Vince Alexander. The Pacers are now 48-48 under Alexander, who has turned the program around in just under four seasons.
The Wildcats gave the Pacers an early scare, leading the contest by as many as seven points with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half. The Pacers took over from that point forward though, earning a nine-point advantage by halftime.
The second-ranked team in the nation regrouped even further at intermission to extend their lead to as many as 24 points in the second half before settling the final score at 86-66.
The Pacers had four players finish in double digits in the win over Fort Valley State. Kingsley Oguchi and Cordaryl Ballard both led the Pacers in the game with 13 points each.
Ballard was 5-for-9 from the field in the game, while Oguchi was 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Ballard concluded the victory with four steals. The four steals tied a career high for Ballard, who has now had four steals in a game in five separate outings for the Pacers.
Seth Leonard and Josh Dollard both scored 11 in the win for USCA. Leonard hit on five of his eight field goals attempts to record the 11 points.
Dollard’s 11 points extended his double-digit streak. He ends the victory over Fort Valley State having scored in double figures in all six USC Aiken games. Dollard is the only Pacer to score in double figures in each game currently. Chris Commons had scored in double figures in each of the five previous games for USC Aiken, but his streak to start the year ended on Sunday with his seven points. Commons still secured nine rebounds in the game.