Pacers Upset No. 3 Railsplitters, 79-68

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Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team posted a 79-68 victory over No. 3 Lincoln Memorial Saturday evening.

(MGN Online)

The Pacers are now 2-0 on the year while the Railsplitters are now 1-1.

Doniel Dean led the way with a team-best 22 points and five rebounds. Xzavier Barmore netted 16 markers and dished out four assists. Faison Brock accounted for 15 points, seven boards and three assists while Ty'lik Evans poured in 13 points, snagged seven boards and registered three steals.

Robert Hill chipped in four points, grabbed a game-high nine rebound and swatted a pair of shots.

In a tightly contested game, USC Aiken embarked on a 12-2 spurt to make it 19-9. During the run, Dean accounted for nine points by himself, including three from downtown. Evans also hit a three-ball during the spurt.

After the Railsplitters pulled within two at 22-20, the Pacers pushed the margin back to eight after Barmore hit back-to-back jumpers, making it 35-27 with 3:45 to play. Although LMU made it 36-30, Barmore hit a bucket and Dean hit one charity toss for the 39-31 halftime lead.

LMU held a 46-43 lead, but Brock answered moments later with a three-ball for a 49-47 advantage. The teams battled back-and-forth, but a jumper by Myles Washington gave the home squad a 55-54 edge. Barmore followed it up with a three-pointer to make it 58-54 with 8:17 to go.

USC Aiken stretched the advantage to 11 at 67-56 on a three-pointer by Brock. The Pacers never let the Railsplitters within six the rest of the way.

Leading 67-61, Dean made a pair of free throws and Barmore found Hill for a thunderous dunk at the 1:17 mark for a 10-point edge.

For the game, USC Aiken hit 26-of-70 from the floor (37.1 percent), including nine-of-25 from distance 936 percent). The squad buried 18-of-25 from the charity stripe (72 percent). Vanderslice's team held a 50-47 edge in rebounds.

USC Aiken maintained a 16-13 edge in second-chance points and recorded 22 points off turnovers compared to 10 by the visitors.