Dollard and Commons leads USC Aiken to win

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Feb. 18, 2009

AIKEN, S.C. – Josh Dollard obtained his second consecutive double-double and the 14th-ranked USC Aiken Pacers picked up a 68-53 victory over Lander before a crowd of 2,123 fans on Wednesday evening at the Convocation Center.

Dollard overall finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the win over the Bearcats on Wednesday. The Hemingway, S.C. native was 6-for-9 from the floor en route to the 16 points. He was 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.

Dollard’s 13 caroms in the contest were one short of his career-high 14 boards set twice in his career and most recently set in USC Aiken’s domination of UNC Pembroke on Monday at the Convocation Center.

Dollard also dished out four assists in the win over Lander. He also obtained two steals.

The Auburn transfer was one of four Pacers in double figures. Casey McMasters (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) came off the Pacer bench for the second consecutive game to finish with 11 points. McMasters hit three 3-pointers from the right corner in the game to obtain nine of the 11 points.

Senior forward Chris Commons (Toledo, Ohio/Findlay) led all players in the game with 17 points. Commons hit six shots from the field. He was 5-of-5 from the free throw line. He also had one block in the game.

Pacer point guard Javonte Clanton (Columbus, Ohio/Blinn) finished in double figures once again, but his main effect in the game came on the defensive end where he swatted a career-best three shots. Clanton also dropped five assists in the game and hit four field goals and four free throws to finish with 15 points.

Senior forward Brian Egwuatu (Houston, Texas/Texas Southern) tied Clanton for game-best accolades in blocks with three on the evening. All of Egwuatu’s blocks in the contest came in the first half.

Three Bearcats concluded the loss in double figures with Houston Wright leading the way with 13 points. He hit five free throws in the game.

In the women's game, four Pacers scored in double figures as the University of South Carolina Aiken (19-8, 11-6 PBC) beat Lander 78-70 for the program’s 499th win.

The Pacers entered Wednesday night’s matchup tied with the Bearcats for fourth place in the Peach Belt Conference. After Wednesday’s win they are now just one game back of third place Georgia College & State with three conference games remaining in the regular season.

USCA lit up the scoreboard in the first half for the second time this season against the Bearcats.

The Pacers put up 49 points in the first twenty minutes of regulation earlier this season in their 87-75 victory on the road at Lander and began Monday night’s showdown in similar fashion.

The two teams traded baskets early on, but the Pacers took a 9-8 lead just over five minutes into the game and would never trail the rest of the way.

USCA scorched the Convocation Center nets for 45 points in the first half, shooting a stellar 19-of-33 from the floor to take a 10 point lead into halftime.


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