USC Aiken wins exhibition opener

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

Thursday Nov. 5, 2009

AIKEN, S.C. – Casey McMasters only missed one shot en route to a game-high 25 points in USC Aiken’s dominating 92-58 exhibition victory before a crowd of 1,326 on Thursday evening at the Convocation Center.

McMasters (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) in total was 8-for-9 from the floor in the game. He scored the majority of his points in the first half with 23 of his 25 points on the evening coming in the stanza.

The three-point specialist was particularly deadly from beyond the arc where he was 6-for-7 in the Pacer win. McMasters was a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.

USC Aiken as a team concluded the contest shooting 54.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Pacers connected on 17 of their 31 attempts in the game.

Mark Brown (Charlotte, N.C./Hickory Grove Christian) was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range, while freshman Ronald Zimmerman (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) was 3-for-6. Brown also connected on a free throw in the second half to acquire the rare three-point play as he was fouled making the final of his three 3-pointers in the game. Brown calmly knocked down the free throw to finish as one of three Pacers in double figures.

Freshman point guard Re’mon Nelson (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Canal Winchester) in many ways stole the show in USC Aiken’s exhibition victory. Nelson thrilled those in attendance at the Convocation Center by trying to post a triple-double in his first outing as a Pacer.

Nelson guided the Pacer offensive attack in the resounding win with nine assists. The 5-foot-9 Nelson also corralled seven rebounds in addition to his nine dimes. He finished his evening with 14 total points as he was 5-for-13 from the field.


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