High-Octane Offense Leads No. 6 USC Aiken Past Columbus State

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Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018
AIKEN, S.C. – The No. 6 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team posted a 108-81 victory over Columbus State Saturday afternoon in a PBC contest.

(MGN Online)

The Pacers are now 12-0 overall and 6-0 in league play. The Cougars are now 5-5 on the year and 1-4 in PBC competition.

Faison Brock led five student-athletes in double figures with a career-high 29 points. He also added seven rebounds and a pair of assists in the win. Doniel Dean accounted for 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Xzavier Barmore notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists to go along with a game-high four thefts.

Darius Bell came off the bench to hit for 13 points on five-of-seven shooting. Ty'lik Evans chipped in 11 markers and six assists.

Robert Hill totaled eight points and four blocks while Shaquan Jules and Kyle Tackeberry tallied seven and six points, respectively.

Head coach Mark Vanderslice's team jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back. Dean got things going with a three-ball eight seconds into the contest. Evans and Barmore each followed with three-point shots before Brock tipped in a rebound. Just 3:10 into the game, Brock hit a three-pointer on the break off a pass from Evans for the 14-point margin.

The Cougars pulled within eight at 26-18, but Dean's old-fashioned three-point play pushed the lead back to double digits. Up 43-28, Barmore found Dean for a three-point shot and a 46-28 edge. USC Aiken maintained a 52-36 advantage at the break.

USC Aiken quickly made it a 20-point game after baskets by Hill and Dean just 1:25 into the second half. The visitors pulled within 18 on a pair of occasions, but could get no closer as Vanderslice's team quickly answered with shots from downtown each time.

Tackeberry's three-point bucket with 7:09 to go pushed the advantage to 31 at 95-64. Moments later, Brock sent the home team over the 100-point mark with a three-pointer. The Pacers stretched the lead to 36 with 3:38 to play en route to the 27-point victory.

For the game, USC Aiken buried 41-of-69 shots from the floor (59.4 percent), including a Division II school-best 17-of-32 from downtown (53.1 percent). The squad also converted nine-of-12 from the charity stripe (75.0 percent).

The Pacers snagged 39 rebounds to 32 by the visitors. USC Aiken dished out 23 assists and dominated the paint, 48-32.

The Pacers return to action Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Francis Marion at 7:30 p.m.