Pacers Drop First Game Of The Season

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Monday Dec. 29, 2008
LAKELAND, Fla. – Chris Commons acquired his first double-double of the year, but No. 2 University of South Carolina Aiken fell 77-66 to Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) in its first game of the Florida Southern Holiday Inn South/Ledger Classic on Monday evening at Jenkins Field House.

The loss dropped the Pacers to 6-1 on the season, while the victory improved Saint Joseph’s to 6-3 on the year.

Josh Dollard (Hemingway, S.C./Auburn) and Chris Commons (Toledo, Ohio/Findlay) led the Pacers in their first loss of the 2008-09 season. Both players scored 25 in the contest.

The duo scored all but four of USC Aiken’s 34 points in the second half. Commons ended the second half with 17 points, while Dollard posted 13 in the second stanza.

Commons also concluded the game with 11 rebounds to net his first double-double of the 2008-09 campaign. It is the third of the year for the Pacers as Dollard has already recorded two double-doubles this season.

Dollard has now scored in double figures in all seven USC Aiken games. Commons has scored in double figures in all but one USC Aiken game.

Dollard led all players in the game with a contest-high three blocks and a game-high tying three steals.

The Pumas had four players record double figures in their win over the second-ranked team in the country. Michael Horton led all Saint Joseph’s players with 15 points. Will Jones was not far behind with 14.

Horton scored 11 of his 15 points from the charity stripe where he was 11-for-13.

The Pumas barely shot better than the Pacers in the contest, shooting 42.3 percent compared to USC Aiken’s 40.4 percent. Both teams shot over 50 percent in the second half with USC Aiken leading the way with a 54.2 percent shooting effort in the second stanza.

USC Aiken shot a healthy 76 percent from the free throw line, but Saint Joseph’s shot 82.4 percent. The Pacers held a slight rebounding edge at 36-32.