Pacers sweep Flagler at home

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Thursday January 31, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. – Santoine Butler finished with a double-double and the University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team acquired its fourth straight victory in a 84-64 home Peach Belt Conference win over Flagler on Thursday evening at the Convocation Center.

The victory allowed USC Aiken (13-5, 9-2 PBC) to stay on top in the Peach Belt Conference East Division. The Pacers have now won 25 of their last 26 regular-season home games.

Butler (Augusta, Ga./Gardner-Webb) closed out the 20-point win over Flagler (9-9, 5-6 PBC) with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also had one block and one steal.

The double-double was the second of the 2012-13 season for Butler.

Two Pacers in total finished with double-digit rebounds with Paul Larsen (Mooresville, N.C./Mercer) claiming 11 rebounds to go along with his eight points, two steals and one block. Larsen has now obtained double-figure rebounds in USC Aiken's last six games.

Three Pacers finished in double figures in the game with DeVontae Wright (Goose Creek, S.C./The Citadel) leading all USC Aiken players in the game by scoring a Pacer career-best 17 points. Wright was 7-for-8 from the field in the game. He also had four assists, three rebounds and one steal.

AIKEN, S.C. – The nationally sixth-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team obtained a 65-40 Peach Belt Conference victory over Flagler on Thursday evening at the Convocation Center.

Winners of three straight games, USC Aiken has now won 28 of its last 29 regular-season home games.

The victory allows USC Aiken (16-2, 9-2 PBC) to have a half-game lead in the Peach Belt Conference East Division over rival and national No. 24 Augusta State (15-2, 8-2 PBC) entering their top-25 showdown on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Augusta, Ga. Tip-off in the contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

In a game in which USC Aiken basically led from start-to-finish, eight different Pacers scored and three ended their efforts in double figures in the win over Flagler (7-9, 5-6 PBC).

Mackenzie Reese (Madison, Wis./Edgewood HS) was the top scorer for the Pacers in the contest, ending her evening with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.

As always, Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va./Quinnipiac) stuffed the stat sheet in the Pacer win, concluding the Pacer victory with 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals.

Emily O’Rourke (Baraboo, Wis./Baraboo HS) finished with a career-best 10 points in the USC Aiken win over Flagler. She also had two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in the game.