Saturday, February 21, 2009.
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Josh Dollard notched his team-leading seventh double-double of the season as the 14th- ranked University of South Carolina Aiken Pacers dominated Columbus State in the paint on the way to an 82-68 road victory.
No. 14 USC Aiken (20-5, 15-3 PBC) has won four straight and seven of their last eight games with two regular season matchups remaining. The Pacers won their 20th game for the second consecutive year with the victory over Columbus State on Saturday.
The Pacers have now won 20 games in two consecutive seasons, marking the first time in almost 30 years that the feat has been accomplished in the program’s history. USC Aiken obtained 27 wins during their remarkable turnaround campaign in 2007-08.
The Pacers, currently tied with rival Augusta State for first place in the Peach Belt Conference, outscored the Cougars 36-14 in the paint and got 35 points off the bench compared to 14 bench points for CSU.
Dollard (Hemingway, S.C./Auburn) came off the bench for the reigning PBC Coach of the Year Vince Alexander to score 21 points and grab 10 boards, helping the Pacers dominate inside for the win.
Preseason All-American Chris Commons (Toledo, Ohio/Findlay) tallied 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with his five rebounds.
Already the all-time leader in steals at USCA, senior guard Kingsley Oguchi (Houston, Texas/George Bush) added four more rips to his career total while scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds.
Columbus State led for much of the first half, but they could not take an advantage larger than five points over the first twenty minutes of regulation as the Pacers kept within striking distance.
The Cougars took a one-point lead into the locker rooms at halftime against the No. 14 team in the nation with the score 33-32 in favor of CSU.
The Pacers quickly went to work after the halftime break, taking a 34-33 lead after a Chris Commons lay-up just 72 seconds into the second half.
The Pacers would never trail the rest of the way en route to the 14-point victory.
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Kendra Chandler had a career high scoring performance for the second consecutive game, but it was not enough as the University of South Carolina Aiken (19-9, 11-7 PBC) fell to Columbus State on the road, 80-72, Saturday night.
Chandler (Aiken, S.C./ Aiken) led all scorers with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Her afternoon included a perfect 7-of-7 performance from the free throw line.
The junior forward eclipsed her previous career high by five points which she set in the Pacers Wednesday night 78-70 victory over Lander at the Convocation Center.
Senior guard Meredith Legg (Huntersville, N.C./ Hopewell) entered Saturday’s game six three pointers shy of No. 300 for her career.
The Peach Belt Conference’s all-time leader in three-pointers, Legg scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-7 from downtown. The three 3-pointers currently put her three treys shy of No. 300.
Sophomore guard Trianna Harris, (Springfield, Va./ West Springfield) also scored in double figures for the Pacers, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe on her way to 10 points to go along with four assists.
The opening minutes of the contest featured several lead changes between the two PBC opponents before the Pacers took a 14-10 lead.
Columbus State responded with a 14-2 run to take the lead 24-16 with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half.
The Lady Cougars would not trail in the game the rest of the way, keeping the Pacers out of reach by shooting 55 percent over the final 20 minutes of regulation.