North Georgia stuns USC-Aiken, Lady Pacers win

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Saturday, February 7, 2009.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – North Georgia shocked No.9 USC Aiken with a 77-67 Peach Belt Conference victory over the Pacers on Saturday afternoon.

The loss snaps USC Aiken’s four-game winning streak and drops the ninth-ranked team in NCAA Division II to 16-5 overall on the year. The Pacers are now 11-3 in the Peach Belt Conference.

The PBC loss means that USC Aiken for now falls from its perch atop the PBC standings with former fellow first place team Georgia College & State. The 17th-ranked Bobcats have a tremendously tough game tonight though as they tip-off their top 20 battle with No. 15 Armstrong Atlantic State in their home arena later tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Both USC Aiken and North Georgia entered Saturday’s game in the top 10 of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings. The Pacers were ranked third, while the Saints entered the contest ranked ninth.

North Georgia’s victory on Saturday improves them to 11-9 on the year. They are now 5-9 in PBC action.

USC Aiken’s Javonte Clanton (Columbus, Ohio/Blinn) led all players in the game with 22 points. The Pacer guard was 7-for-15 from the floor, hitting two three-pointers. He was also 6-for-7 from the free throw line.

Clanton was just one of two Pacers in double figures with senior forward Chris Commons (Toledo, Ohio/Findlay) as the only other USC Aiken player in double figures with 14. Commons connected on five shots in the game.

Commons tied teammate Kingsley Oguchi (Houston, Texas/George Bush) for team-high honors in rebounds with seven. Commons also had two assists, one block and two steals.

Andre Morgan of North Georgia finished just behind Clanton with 20 points to lead the Saints to their biggest victory of the 2008-09 season. Morgan hit nine free throws in the win.

The story of the game was the position that the Pacers put themselves in with their cold shooting first half. The Pacers hit just eight field goals in the first stanza en route to a 26.7 performance from the field.

The Saints shot 46.2 percent from the field in the first half to take a nine-point 34-25 lead into intermission.

The Pacers came out shooting tremendously better in the second half, scorching the nets to the tune of a 53.6 shooting performance in the second stanza.

Nevertheless, the damage could not be overturned and the Saints finished the second half outscoring the Pacers 43-42 to take the 10-point victory.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Meredith Legg led five Pacers in double figures in No. 23 USC Aiken’s 73-63 victory over North Georgia on Saturday afternoon.

The win snaps a short two-game slide for the Pacers, who are currently ranked third in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region in addition to their national ranking of 23rd.

The Pacers overall are now 17-7 on the year. In third place currently in the Peach Belt Conference, USC Aiken is 9-5 in PBC action. North Georgia falls to 5-16 on the year with the loss. The Saints are 2-12 in PBC play.

Already the PBC’s all-time leader in three-pointers made, Legg (Huntersville, N.C.) continued her progression to becoming one of only 14 in NCAA Division II history with over 300 three-pointers in the win over North Georgia.

Legg knocked down a team-high three 3-pointers in the win over the Saints to sit just eight three-pointers away from 300 with 292.

Legg’s 18 points in the win were a game-best. Legg was 6-for-11 from the field overall, hitting three of her five three-point attempts.

Triahna Harris (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) had one of her better games of the year in the win over North Georgia, hitting five of her six shot attempts in the victory. Four of Harris’ five field goals in the game were from beyond the arc with the sophomore knocking down a career-best four three-pointers in the win.

Reigning two-time Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Morgan Johnson (Marietta, Ga./Presbyterian) hit four shots from the floor to finish with 11 points. She also had six boards in the game to lead the Pacers.

Johnson has now finished the last 11 games leading the Pacers in rebounding.