Total Team Effort Sends Pacers Past Cougars

College Sports
usc aiken pacers_119513

AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team netted a 78-76 victory over Columbus State Wednesday evening in a league contest.

The Pacers improve to 6-5 on the year and 2-0 in league play while the Cougars fall to 5-4 overall and 0-1 against conference foes.

Faison Brock scored his 1,000th career point with his first bucket of the game while leading all scorers with 25 points. He added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Gus Rowland accounted for 24 points, seven assists and four steals. Damontez Oliver tallied 11 points while Dhieu Deing chipped in eight.

Robert Hill snagged a game-high 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass.

USC Aiken trailed 34-21 with 4:39 to go in the first half, but the squad closed the gap, outscoring the visitors 13-3 the rest of the way. In fact, the Pacers went on an 8-0 run to end the first half. During the spurt, Brock hit a pair of free throws. Rowland sliced through the defense for a jumper prior to Brock connecting for two more charity tosses. With 1:30 to go, Rowland registered a steal and lay-up to make it 37-34 heading into the second half.

Rowland’s lay-up at the 13:05 mark in the game gave USC Aiken a 49-48 lead, but the visitors quickly regained the advantage. The Pacers trailed by as many as eight before a jumper by Brock tied it at 73-73 with 2:34 to go.

After neither team could convert on their ensuing possessions, Rowland stepped up and buried a 25-foot three-point shot with 43 ticks remaining. After the Cougars knotted it with 29 seconds to go, a time-out was taken. The Pacers worked the ball around and got it to Oliver, who went up for a three-point shot from the wing. However, he was fouled with two seconds left. Oliver calmly made a pair of free throws to go up 78-76.

Out of time-outs, the Cougars threw a pass toward the far three-point line, which Shaquan Jules intercepted, ending the game.

For the game, USC Aiken hit 23-of-57 from the floor (40.4 percent) and 26-of-35 from the free-throw line (74.3 percent). Vanderslice’s team controlled the paint, outscoring the visitors 32-18. The home squad also maintained a 16-6 edge on the break.

The Pacers return to action Saturday when they host Georgia Southwestern at 3:30 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at
Print Friendly Version

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Trending Stories