Monday Feb. 16, 2009
AIKEN, S.C. – The Pacers had six players score in double figures and Josh Dollard acquired a double-double in No. 15 USC Aiken’s 91-72 victory over UNC Pembroke on Monday evening at the Convocation Center.
The victory by the Pacers moved USC Aiken into a two-way tie with rival Augusta State for first in the Peach Belt Conference with four regular season games remaining. The Pacers and Jaguars are both currently 13-3 in the PBC.
The Pacers are presently 18-5 overall.
Dollard (Hemingway, S.C./Auburn) came off the bench in the win over UNC Pembroke to score 17 points and corral 14 rebounds. The 14 rebounds tied his career high that he originally set when he was with Auburn in an SEC Tournament game against Georgia during his sophomore year.
Dollard claimed five of his 14 caroms in the contest on the offensive glass. He was 5-for-8 from the field overall and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe. Dollard also had two blocks in the game.
Chris Commons (Toledo, Ohio/Findlay) finished just behind his frontcourt mate with 15 points. Commons led all players in the game with three blocks. Two of Commons’ three blocks in the contest came on the same offensive possession with the reigning PBC Co-Player of the Year swatting two consecutive Brave attempts to score.
Pacer guard Cordaryl Ballard (Westerville, Ohio/Morehead State) continued his individual effort to reach 1,000 points for his career in the win over UNC Pembroke. After his 14 in the win over the Braves on Monday, Ballard now has 966 points in his career. Ballard netted almost half of his points in the win over UNCP from the charity stripe where he was 6-of-7.
In the women's game, USC Aiken played without Meredith Legg and picked up a 55-49 win over the Lady Braves.
Freshmen Lindsay Sundberg scored a career high 17 points including two big three pointers in the final five minutes as the Lady Pacers rallied from a late 8 point deficit.
Morgan Johnson became the school's all time block leader as she had five on the night to go along with 10 points.
Legg missed the game with strep throat but her teammates were able to pick up the points lost and picked up the win despite shooting just 40% for the game.