USC Aiken men win, women fall to Clayton State

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MORROW, Ga. – A strong showing propelled the University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team to a 68-55 road win at Clayton State Wednesday evening.

The Pacers are now 13-2 overall, including a 5-0 ledger in Peach Belt Conference play.

DeVontae Wright and Ronald Zimmerman led the way by netting 17 points a piece for head coach Vince Alexander's team. Wright distributed a game-high eight assists while 15 of Zimmerman's points came from behind the three-point arc.

Paul Larsen narrowly missed a double-double performance by registering nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Five of Larsen's boards were on the offensive glass.

MORROW, Ga. – The University of South Carolina Aiken women's basketball squad fought hard, staying close for much of the contest, until Clayton State pulled away in the second half for a 75-53 victory.

The Pacers are now 3-11 overall, including a 1-4 mark against Peach Belt Conference foes.

Rookie Kate Duff poured in a career-high 14 points to pace the squad in the loss. She drained six-of-11 shots from the field, including one from downtown. Junior Mackenzie Reese amassed 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Additionally, she swatted two shots. Courtney Mealing and Porsha Martin both hit for eight points and Martin snagged seven rebounds.

After falling behind 7-0, head coach Mike Brandt's team bounced back quickly. Mealing found a slicing Duff for a twisting lay-up at the 17:30 mark. Reese registered her first block of the game and promptly connected for a bucket on the offensive end after a nifty pass from Mariah Durian.

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