Jan. 4, 2013 AIKEN, S.C. – Seniors Paul Larsen and DeVontae Wright each had huge games en route to helping Vince Alexander reach a career milestone as the University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team registered an 82-70 victory over visiting Columbus State Saturday evening.
The Pacers are now 11-2 overall and 3-0 against Peach Belt Conference foes.
With the win, Alexander now has 250 career victories to his credit, including 161 at USC Aiken.
Wright led all scorers with 20 points while narrowly missing out on a double-double as he snagged nine rebounds. For good measure he led everyone with four assists and three steals while playing 37 minutes.
Larsen had an outstanding game in the post, tallying 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for a double-double in just 28 minutes of action.
Jesse Seilern was the only other USC Aiken student-athlete with double figures as he netted 12 markers. Rick Alderman added nine points. Alvin Brown stuffed five shots while Santoine Butler blocked four as the team totaled 11 for the contest.
For the game, USC Aiken hit 22-of-53 shots from the floor (41.5 percent) and 35-of-49 from the charity stripe (71 percent). The Pacers out-rebounded the visitors 48-43 and had eight steals compared to five by the Cougars.
Alexander’s team never trailed in the contest. The squad raced to a 16-7 edge with 14:29 to play in the first half on a lay-up by Seilern. USC Aiken pushed the margin to double figures when Wright buried a jumper with 11:11 to play before intermission, making it 24-13.
The Pacers widened the margin to 14 with 8:43 to go on a three-point shot by Wright with 8:43 play, making it 31-17. USC Aiken held a 41-29 lead at the break.
Wright picked up where he left off in the first half just 17 seconds into the final period. After a nifty move, he stepped back and drained a three-pointer for a 44-29 advantage.
With 15:49 to go, Larsen’s lay-up gave the Pacers their largest lead of the game at 50-32.
However, the Cougars battled back, pulling within eight with just 3:10 to go.
Alexander’s team maintained their lead in the waning minutes as Alderman, Larsen, Shane Porchea, Seilern and Wright all made free throws down the stretch, ensuring the victory.
The Pacers return to action on Saturday, January 11 at 4:30 p.m., when they travel to No. 17 Montevallo.