Pacers men win at Francis Marion, women fall to Lady Patriots

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Wednesday Feb. 4, 2009

FLORENCE, S.C. – Kingsley Oguchi became the seventh member of the USC Aiken 1,000-point club in No. 9 USC Aiken’s 74-63 Peach Belt Conference victory over Francis Marion on Wednesday evening at the Smith University Center.

Oguchi entered the game needing just four points to join the prestigious club. He finished with 12 in the win over the Patriots to currently have 1,008 points in his prolific career.

From nearby Hemingway, S.C., Josh Dollard (Hemingway, S.C./Auburn) made it a happy homecoming for himself, leading the Pacers with 19 points. He also had a team-best eight rebounds.

The duo were two of five Pacers in double figures. Cordaryl Ballard (Westerville, Ohio/Morehead State) and Javonte Clanton (Columbus, Ohio/Blinn) both finished the game with 10, while Chris Commons (Toledo, Ohio/Findlay) ended the game with 13 points.

Commons needed just 11 points to move into the top five in school history in total points. His 13 points in the win over Francis Marion leave him with 1,041 career points, helping him surpass Sean Gunn (1,039 – 1990-93).

Francis Marion was led in its loss by Kevin Clark, who had a team-best 15 points.

USC Aiken’s victory on Wednesday ensured that the Pacers would remain in first place in the Peach Belt Conference. The Pacers are now 11-2 in PBC action and 16-4 overall.

In the ladies game, Megan Starnes became the seventh member of the prestigious USC Aiken 1,000-point club, but it was not enough as No. 23 USC Aiken fell 67-45 to No. 17 Francis Marion on Wednesday evening at the Smith University Center.

Starnes (Riley, Kan./Riley County) needed just five points to join the illustrious club and that is what she finished the loss to the Patriots with exactly, meaning Starnes will enter USC Aiken’s next contest right at 1,000 points.

Starnes hit two field goals and one free throw to pick up the five points.

Kendra Chandler (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) was the only Pacer in the contest in double figures. The redshirt-junior had 13 points in total. She was 50 percent from the floor in the loss, connecting on five of her 10 shots. She also had three steals.

Jennifer Dyar guided the Patriot effort in the win, scoring a game-high 18 points. She was the only FMU player in double digits.

The Pacers shot a season-low 27.1 percent overall in the game. They held Francis Marion under 40 percent in the game at 38.2 percent.

The loss drops USC Aiken to 16-7 in the 2008-09 season. The Pacers are now 8-5 in league action. Francis Marion is currently 18-1 on the year overall and 11-1 in PBC play. The win over the Pacers on Wednesday avenged USC Aiken’s win earlier this season over the Patriots at the Convocation Center.