USC Aiken men roll to big win over North Georgia

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Monday, January 20, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. – DeVontae Wright and Ronald Zimmerman combined for 46 points and the University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team used a late run in the first half to propel the squad past North Georgia by a 98-79 margin Monday evening.

The Pacers are now 15-2 overall, including a 7-0 mark in the Peach Belt Conference.

Leading the charge was Wright, who poured in a game-high 23 points. He was a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe. Zimmerman accounted for 21 points on seven-of-11 shooting, including a five-of-seven effort from behind the three-point stripe. Paul Larsen narrowly missed out on a double-double as he tallied 10 points and nine rebounds. Shane Porchea came off the bench to hit for 10 points while Rick Alderman and Jesse Seilern had nine apiece. Alvin Brown notched eight points.

The Pacers drained 33-of-57 shots from the floor (57.9 percent), including an eight-of-16 effort (50 percent) from the three-point stripe. The team combined for 17 assists, including five from Wright. Larsen led everyone with a game-high three steals.

USC Aiken controlled the paint, outscoring the opposition 46-32. The team also held a 10-8 margin on fast break points.

After a slow start in the first half, head coach Vince Alexander’s team took the lead on a lay-up by Grant Harris at the 10:19 mark for an 18-17 advantage. From there, Zimmerman canned one of his first-half three-point shots for a 21-17 lead. A free throw by Paul Larsen pushed the advantage to five at 22-17.

With the lead trimmed to two at 36-34 with 4:04 to go in the opening half, Zimmerman hit two charity tosses, Larsen made a free throw and DeVontae Wright buried a jumper for a seven-point margin with just 2:52 to play before halftime.

AIKEN, S.C. – Despite career-high efforts from Mariah Durian and Porsha Martin, the University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team fell just short in a 92-84 overtime contest against North Georgia Monday evening.

The Pacers are now 4-12 overall, including a 2-5 effort in Peach Belt Conference action.

Durian poured in 25 points on eight-of-14 shooting, including a sizzling six-of-eight from behind the three-point line. Martin contributed 21 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing out on a double-double. Mackenzie Reese posted a double-double by notching 15 markers and 10 points in addition to distributing a team-high five assists in the loss. Courtney Mealing totaled seven points and five assists in the game.

The Pacers completed the game by hitting 30-of-71 shots from the floor (42.3 percent), including a 10-of-25 effort from downtown (40 percent). USC Aiken also connected on 14 charity shots. On the 30 made field goals, the squad was credited with 18 assists.

Durian’s huge first half guided head coach Mike Brandt’s team in the early going.

Trailing 6-2, Martin hit a three-pointer, pulling the home team within one. After a basket by the visitors, Kate Duff nailed a runner off a pass from Carly Gilreath to make it 8-7. Durian then stepped back and drained a deep three, giving the squad a 10-8 advantage.