AIKEN, S.C. – Michael Technow obtained his first double-double in a Pacer uniform, but USC Aiken’s advances to best the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division II fell just short in a 87-74 loss to Florida Southern on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
The loss was USC Aiken’s second consecutive, leaving the Pacers at 2-2 in the 2009-10 campaign entering their Peach Belt Conference opener against Francis Marion at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in Florence, S.C.
Fourth-ranked Florida Southern (4-0) stayed perfect on the year with the victory over the Pacers.
The Pacers controlled the play in the opening minutes of the contest, going up by as many as three points with 14:57 left in the first half of play.
The two teams would remain close for the remainder of the first half with Technow (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton) hitting a lay-up in the final second of the first half. The lay-up kept USC Aiken within reach and set the score at 45-41 in Florida Southern’s favor at intermission.
Florida Southern controlled the action for the majority of the second half, going up by as many as 17 points with 5:44 left in the game. The Pacers would play the Mocs tough for the rest of the game before the two teams settled on the 87-74 final.
USC Aiken shot well as a team in the contest at 46.9 percent (30-for-64). The Mocs shot just a bit better at 49.1 percent (26-for-53). Florida Southern was deadly from beyond the arc in the contest, connecting on 52.4 percent (11-for-21) of their shots from 3-point range in the game.
USC Aiken controlled the paint, outscoring the Mocs, 40-18. The Pacers also finished with more bench points than the Mocs (26-12). The story of the game though may have been that Florida Southern was able to produce 20 points off the Pacers’ 18 turnovers.
Technow’s double-double was the second of the year for the Pacers. He scored a team-high 22 points to go along with his game-high 10 rebounds. Technow was 9-for-13 from the floor in the game.
Byron Faison (Sumter, S.C./Winthrop) was the only other Pacer to finish in double figures with 10 points in total.
USC Aiken senior Seth Leonard (York, Pa./William Penn) did not score in double figures in the game with five total points, but he did bring down nine caroms.
Six different players finished in double figures for the visiting Mocs with all five starters ending their efforts in double digits. Terry Jenkins led the way for the Mocs with a game-high 26 points. Jenkins was 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.
The loss was the first regular season home loss for the Pacers to a non-conference foe since moving into the Convocation Center prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. USC Aiken after the loss to fourth-ranked Florida Southern is now 28-2 during the regular season inside the Convocation Center.