Friday, November 1, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team pushed Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi to overtime before falling 75-70 in an exhibition game Friday evening.
Head coach Vince Alexander’s team found itself trailing by 10 with 9:45 to play, but the Pacers quickly battled back.
Ronald Zimmerman drained a jumper, making it 52-45 with 8:15 to go. After a missed shot by the Rebels, Shane Porchea grabbed the rebound. In transition, Derrick Scott found DeVontae Wright for a three-point shot, slicing the deficit to four.
USC Aiken forced a turnover and converted it into an easy two points by Alvin Brown on a slam. Brown later connected on one-of-two charity tosses. With 6:31 on the clock, Porchea sank two free throws, tying the game at 53. Paul Larsen’s defensive rebound and Brown’s ensuing lay-up completed a quick 5-0 run by the Pacers, giving the team a 55-53 edge.
The teams went back-and-forth in the closing minutes of regulation, but LaDarius White’s three-point shot gave the home team a 64-61 lead with 83 seconds remaining.
Porchea missed a three-point attempt, but the Pacers got the ball back after forcing an empty possession. Zimmerman found Wright for the game-tying three-point shot with 27 ticks left.
Mississippi had a chance to win in regulation, but Sebastian Saiz’s lay-up was swatted away by Brown with one second left.
The Rebels jumped out to a five-point lead in overtime only to see Alexander’s team pull within three on three separate occasions. However, the team was unable to get any closer in the extra period.