USC Aiken returns to winning ways

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

Wednesday Jan. 28, 2009
PEMBROKE, N.C. – Chris Commons became the sixth member of USC Aiken’s illustrious 1,000-point club in No. 14 USC Aiken’s 87-60 victory over Peach Belt Conference foe UNC Pembroke at the Jones Center on Wednesday evening.

Commons (Toledo, Ohio/Findlay) entered the game with 991 career points. His 25 points in the dominating win over UNC Pembroke on Wednesday left him with 1,016 career points.

Commons was 10-for-15 from the field overall in the game. He now has scored 20 or more points for the Pacers in 10 of USC Aiken’s 17 games.

Cordaryl Ballard (Westerville, Ohio/Morehead State) concluded his efforts in the resounding win over UNCP with a career-high 22 points. Ballard was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the game. He also hit on seven field goals and collected nine rebounds.

Javonte Clanton (Columbus, Ohio/Blinn) was the final Pacer in double digits in the win over UNC Pembroke. Clanton was 5-for-5 from the charity stripe en route to 18 points.

USC Aiken played 13 student-athletes in the win over UNC Pembroke.

The Pacers improved to 13-4 with the win over the Braves. They are now 8-2 in the PBC. UNC Pembroke is 5-12 overall and 2-8 in the PBC after the loss to the Pacers.

USC Aiken shot 50 percent overall in the game, while also holding UNCP to 36 percent shooting. UNCP had just 18 field goals in the game.

The Pacers came out of the gates by jumping out to an early nine-point 22-13 lead with 11:46 left in the first half. USC Aiken hit eight of their first 15 shots from the field with Clanton leading the way by knocking down three field goals, including two 3-pointers, in the first nine minutes.

By the second and final media time out of the first half at the 9:37 mark, USC Aiken was up by 11 points at 26-15. Just over five minutes later the Pacer advantage in the game was 18 points with USC Aiken ahead 36-18 with 3:53 left in the first half.

The Pacers would extend their lead to 24 points by halftime with the Pacers entering intermission with a 46-22 lead.

In the women's game, the 23rd-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken Pacers picked up their eighth victory in their last 10 games on Wednesday with a 66-61 win over Peach Belt Conference rival UNC Pembroke at the Jones Center.

The win improves the Pacers to 15-5 overall and 7-3 in the PBC. UNC Pembroke dropped to 9-8 and 5-5 in the PBC with the loss to the Pacers. USC Aiken snapped UNCP’s three-game winning streak with their win on Wednesday.

The Pacers, who earlier in the day were notified that they are presently ranked fifth in the Southeast Region, were led by four players in double figures.

Kendra Chandler (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) led the Pacers with a team-high tying 14 points. Chandler hit six field goals in the contest in total. She was a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe, nailing two crucial free throws in the final minute of USC Aiken’s win on Wednesday.

Meredith Legg (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) tied Chandler for game-high honors with 14 points. Legg was 4-for-8 from the field in the win, hitting two three-pointers. She was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.

Reigning Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Morgan Johnson (Marietta, Ga./Walton) just missed out on claiming her fourth consecutive double-double in the victory. Johnson had 13 points and nine rebounds in the win on Wednesday. She collected three offensive rebounds in the game.


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