#4 Clayton State knocks off #3 USC Aiken in women's hoops

By: Staff
By: Staff

Wednesday January 16, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. – In the first-ever top-5 showdown in program history, the nationally third-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team had its program-record tying 12-game win streak snapped in a 56-50 loss to No. 4 Clayton State on Wednesday evening at the Convocation Center.

With the loss, USC Aiken (12-1, 5-1 PBC) still remains in first place in the Peach Belt Conference East Division. Clayton State (14-0, 7-0 PBC) after its win is still on top of the Peach Belt Conference West Division standings.

The USC Aiken loss also snapped a 25-game regular-season home winning streak for the Pacers. The Pacers had not lost at home in the regular-season since falling in a nationally-televised top-20 showdown between the then 18th-ranked Pacers and No. 5 Clayton State on Jan. 15, 2011.

In a game that completely lived up to its national billing, the score changed hands seven times and was tied eight times.

The Pacers opened the contest on an 11-2 run over the first five and a half minutes.

Clayton State would battle its way back into the contest from there with the two teams entering halftime tied 25-25.

The second half would be much the same as the first stanza with the two top-5 teams playing close the whole way. The game was still knotted at 50-50 with 34 seconds left in the game.

Clayton State would then score the final six points of the game to narrowly take the victory.

AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team picked up a 66-55 Peach Belt Conference victory over Clayton State on Wednesday evening at the Convocation Center.

USC Aiken (9-4, 5-1 PBC) with the win moved a half-game ahead of Augusta State (8-3, 4-1 PBC) in the Peach Belt Conference East Division. The Pacers are now tied with Peach Belt West Division leader and next opponent Young Harris (10-3, 5-1 PBC) for the overall lead in the Peach Belt Conference at 5-1.

Clayton State (7-7, 3-4 PBC) opened things up in the game by racing out to a 12-3 lead. The Pacers would then go on a 16-4 run to own a 19-16 lead with 9:29 remaining.

The Pacers would not stop from there as they entered halftime with a commanding 38-20 lead.

The second half would be much closer, but USC Aiken would eventually emerge with the 11-point win.

USC Aiken closed out its victory shooting 40.4 percent (23-for-57) as a team. Clayton State ended its loss shooting 40.9 percent (18-for-44).


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