Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
AIKEN, S.C. – Ty'lik Evans connected on a school-record tying 11 three-point shots in the No. 4 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team's 92-75 victory over North Georgia Saturday afternoon.
The Pacers are now 20-2 overall and 14-2 in the PBC. The Nighthawks are now 8-13 overall and 3-12 in league play.
Head coach Mark Vanderslice's team was led by Evans, who poured in a career-high 38 points on 12-of-19 shooting, including an 11-of-17 effort from downtown. His 11 made three-point field goals tied the record set by Jeff Walters on Jan. 4, 1992 against Columbus State.
Faison Brock narrowly missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Xzavier Barmore totaled 13 points and seven assists. Doniel Dean and Shaquan Jules totaled 11 points apiece.
Robert Hill added seven rebounds and three blocks.
In a tightly-contested opening half, USC Aiken saw its lead shrink to one at 14-13 with 10:40 to play. However, Dean answered with a jumper. On the Nighthawks' next possession, Dean stole the ball and pulled up for a shot, giving the home squad a 16-13 advantage. Another steal and lay-up by Dean pushed the score to 18-13. However, UNG would take the lead at 21-20.
Tied at 23-23, Dean hit a three-ball and Evans found Brock for a thunderous dunk. Shaquan Jules nearly brought down the house with a monster slam off a pass from Barmore at the 4:54 mark. A three-point shot from Evans made it 33-23 with 4:15 to go.
The Pacers extended the lead to 13 when Evans converted his second four-point play of the half with 2:50 to play. USC Aiken held a 46-36 lead at the break.
Vanderslice's team broke open the game quickly in the second period. USC Aiken embarked on a 13-2 spurt over the first 3:39 and never looked back. During the run, Brock and Evans connected on lay-ups. Evans followed with a three-point shot before Brock canned back-to-back baskets from deep for the 59-38 lead.
UNG cut the deficit to 13 on a few occasions, with the last coming at the 4:32 mark. However, Barmore converted a twisting lay-up before Evans reeled off three straight three-point buckets for an 89-67 advantage.
For the game, USC Aiken hit 35-of-76 (46.1 percent) from the floor, including 16-of-38 from downtown (42.1 percent). The squad dished out 19 assists on the 35 field goals. Vanderslice's team held a 28-16 edge in points off turnovers. The squad also maintained a 27-8 advantage on the break.
The Pacers return to action Friday when they travel to Flagler Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m