Pacer women upset at North Georgia, men win

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Monday January 21, 2013

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team claimed a 85-79 Peach Belt Conference road victory over North Georgia on Monday evening at the Memorial Hall Gymnasium.

The win allowed USC Aiken (10-5, 6-2 PBC) to remain tied with Armstrong Atlantic State (10-5, 6-2 PBC) for first place in the Peach Belt Conference East Division.

North Georgia (10-5, 5-3 PBC) commenced the game by racing out to a 6-1 advantage over the first couple of minutes. The Pacers would then go on a quick 8-0 spurt to own a 9-6 lead with just under 16 minutes to play in the first stanza.

North Georgia would then battle its way back into the game, owning a 22-21 lead with 10:31 remaining in the first half of action.

USC Aiken would get the lead back shortly thereafter, eventually going on a 12-1 run to own a 33-23 advantage with 8:32 left until the halftime break.

The Pacers would take as much as a 15-point lead down the stretch of the first half, but by intermission the Saints had whittled the USC Aiken advantage down to five points at 44-39.

Ronald Zimmerman led the Pacers in the first half with 16 points. In claiming the 16 points in the first half, Zimmerman nailed five 3-pointers and a free throw as part of an eventual four-point play.

The Pacers as a team ended the first half shooting 58.6 percent (17-for-29). North Georgia closed out the first half of action shooting 48.5 percent (16-of-33) as a team.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The nationally third-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team was upset by North Georgia, 57-50, in Peach Belt Conference action on Monday evening at Memorial Hall Gymnasium.

The loss snaps a six-game winning streak for the Pacers in the series between the two institutions.

USC Aiken (13-2, 6-2 PBC) is now tied with Augusta State (12-2, 6-2 PBC) for first place in the Peach Belt Conference East Division.

The Pacers opened the game on an 8-2 run over the first six minutes of the contest.

USC Aiken would still own a slight one-point 17-16 advantage with 2:10 remaining in the first half, but the Saints would close the half on an eight-point run to take a 24-17 lead into the halftime break.

USC Aiken finished the first half shooting 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from the floor as a team. North Georgia (6-9, 4-4 PBC) shot 38.5 percent (10-for-26) from the field as a team in the first stanza.

North Georgia would extend its lead to as many as 16 points in the second half, but USC Aiken would battle its way back into the contest to trail by only six at 49-43 with 4:23 left in the game. After a long Daniela Tarailo 3-pointer a little over a minute later the North Georgia lead was just four points at 50-46.

USC Aiken would not be able to get any closer in its eventual seven-point loss to North Georgia.