USC Aiken sweeps at home

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Wednesday December 18, 2012

AIKEN, S.C. – Re’mon Nelson became the all-time leader in school history in steals and the University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team picked up its 20th straight regular-season home victory in a 77-67 win over Paine on Wednesday evening at the Convocation Center.

The win over Paine came in the first meeting between the two CSRA rivals since Dec. 16, 1997.

USC Aiken has now won four straight contests.

Nelson (Columbus, Ohio/Canal Winchester HS) ended his evening with a career-best seven steals in claiming the school record for total steals. Nelson now has 165 steals in his Pacer career. He passed former record holder Kingsley Oguchi (2005-09), who ended his Pacer career with 162 steals.

The seven steals on the night for Nelson came as part of a game that saw Nelson finish with 13 points, eight assists and five rebounds in addition to the seven steals.

Nelson was one of five Pacers in double figures in the contest with Paul Larsen leading the way for USC Aiken with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Larsen claimed seven of his caroms on the evening on the offensive glass.

Larsen (Mooresville, N.C./Mercer) was 5-for-7 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line en route to his double-double.

The national leader in 3-pointers made per game, Ronald Zimmerman (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley HS) concluded his evening with 15 points, three assists and three steals. He made two treys in the contest.

AIKEN, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team defeated Anderson, 63-59, Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.

The win moved the Pacers record to 9-0 on the year, which is good for the best start in program history.

The victory was the closest of the year for USC Aiken (9-0, 2-0 PBC) as the game had six lead changes and four ties. Anderson (7-4) held a 28-22 lead at the half and led by two with just under 12 minutes to go in the second half before the Pacers were able to take the lead for good.

The Trojans did not go away, as they cut the lead to one with just under two minutes to go, but a three pointer by Daniela Tarailo with 1:32 remaining would gave USC Aiken enough breathing room to secure the victory.

Tarailo (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) led the Pacers with a game-high 21 points, hitting four 3-pointers and going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Tarailo was one of three Pacers in double figures with Kayla Harris and Mia Antoine scoring 14 and 12, respectively.

Harris (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield HS), the reigning two-time Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week, added five boards, three assists and two steals to go with the 14 points.

Antoine (Stone Mountain, Ga./Dominion Christian HS) had three assists and three rebounds on 6-for-9 shooting for her 12 points.

Mackenzie Reese (Madison, Wis./Edgewood HS) contributed nine points, three rebounds and two assists from the bench. Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va./Quinnipiac) scored seven points with three rebounds, six assists and five steals to stuff the stat sheet.