Pacers get a split with Clayton State on the hardwoods

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Wednesday Feb. 25, 2009

MORROW, Ga. – Reigning Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Josh Dollard collected his fourth consecutive double-double and No. 11 USC Aiken downed Clayton State 58-53 on Wednesday evening at the Athletics and Fitness Center.

The win on Wednesday helps the Pacer remain tied for first in the Peach Belt Conference with rival Augusta State entering the final game of the regular season for both teams. The Jaguars kept pace with USC Aiken on Wednesday by downing Columbus State 85-70 at home.

The Pacers will try and claim at least a share of their second consecutive Peach Belt Conference championship in their final regular season game of the year against Georgia College & State at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Convocation Center in Aiken, S.C.

Augusta State will take on PBC foe Georgia Southwestern at the same time on Saturday in Americus, Ga.

The Pacers and Jaguars are both currently 16-3 in Peach Belt Conference action. USC Aiken is 21-5 overall. The 21 wins after Wednesday help USC Aiken expound upon its best two-year span in program history. The Pacers enter their final regular season game of the year with 48 wins over the past two years.

USC Aiken will also try and continue one of the longest home regular season winning streaks in all of college basketball in its home game against Georgia College & State on Saturday.

The Pacers welcome GCSU with a perfect 26-0 during the regular season inside the Convocation Center since the facility opened its doors prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. The Pacers are 19-0 against PBC teams during the stretch.

The reigning Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week, Dollard (Hemingway, S.C./Hemingway) finished Wednesday’s game just one rebound off his career high of 14 with 13 boards against the Lakers. Dollard also had 22 points in the game.

In the women's game, Meredith Legg became the 14th player in NCAA Division II history to knock down 300 or more three-pointers in her career in USC Aiken’s 67-59 loss to Clayton State on Wednesday evening at the Athletics and Fitness Center.

Already the all-time leader in three-pointers made in Peach Belt Conference history, Legg entered Wednesday’s game with 297 made three-pointers in her prestigious career.

Legg (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc in the loss to Clayton State. She finished the game with a total of 16 points, hitting upon five of her seven field goal attempts in the game. She was 2-for-2 at the free throw line.

Legg, who currently has 301 made three-pointers in her career, now has a Pacer program second-best 1,436 career points. She is only 41 points away from overtaking Jami Cornwell (1999-2003) for the all-time school record in career points. Cornwell ended her illustrious career with 1,476 points.

Kendra Chandler (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) continued her recent torrid play in the loss to Clayton State. The USC Aiken junior guard finished with 19 total points in the game. She shot 50 percent (6-of-12) from the field in the game. She was 6-for-8 from the free throw line.

Chandler is averaging 21.3 points per game in USC Aiken’s last three games.