USC Aiken men claim regular season division title

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Wednesday February 26, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team claimed its second consecutive Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship outright with a 56-50 victory over rival Augusta State on Wednesday evening at the Convocation Center.

The back-to-back league regular-season championships are the first in program history. The USC Aiken men’s basketball program now has four Peach Belt Conference regular-season crowns in its history (1992-93, 2007-08, 2011-12 and 2012-13).

In addition to claiming its second straight league crown, USC Aiken (19-6, 15-3) was also able to sweep the regular-season series from Augusta State (13-12, 8-10 PBC) for the first time since the 1997-98 season. The Pacers also bested the Jaguars, 76-62, on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Augusta.

The 50 points allowed in the game were the fewest points surrendered by USC Aiken on the 2012-13 season. It was also a season-low for the Jaguars.

USC Aiken and Augusta State entered the halftime break tied at 27-27.

The Pacers would pull ahead by as many as 12 in the second half before emerging with the six-point victory.

USC Aiken closed out the win over Augusta State shooting 46.5 percent (20-for-43) as a team. The Pacers shot 72.2 percent (13-for-18) from the free throw line.

Augusta State shot just 38.5 percent (15-for-39) from the field as a team in its loss to USC Aiken. The Jaguars shot 65.2 percent (15-for-23) from the free throw line as a team in the game.

The now regionally second-ranked Pacers held a commanding 34-21 rebounding advantage in the contest.

Three Pacers finished in double figures with Santoine Butler (Augusta, Ga./Gardner-Webb) claiming his fourth double-double of the season in the game. He had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Butler also had three blocks and two assists.

Paul Larsen (Mooresville, N.C./Mercer) just missed on a double-double of his own in the contest with 13 points and eight rebounds. He obtained half of his caroms on the offensive glass.