WINSTON-SALEM MEN 79, USC AIKEN 70

STAFF REPORTS


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem State avenged a loss to the USC Aiken men’s basketball team just nine days earlier, with a 79-70 victory over the Pacers Wednesday.


USCA (2-1) had opened the two-game season series between the two teams by garnering a 98-84 victory over the then 15th-ranked Rams at the Convocation Center on Nov. 19.


Wednesday’s game against Winston-Salem State (4-2) was the first road game of the season for the Pacers, and their first loss. They were unable to overcome a huge hole they dug for themselves in the first half as the Rams led 41-23 at halftime.


The Pacers, who shot just 31 percent (9-for-29) as a team from the floor in the first half, didn’t roll over. They outscored the Rams in the second half, 47-38. But the much-improved shooting wasn’t enough to erase the sizeable deficit. USCA shot 50 percent (16-for-32) shooting in the second half.


Overall, the Pacers connected on 41 percent (25-for-61) of their shots in the game. It was substantially less than the 61 percent shooting night they had in the first win over the Rams. Winston-Salem State shot 44.3 percent (27-for-61) as a team in the win.


The Pacers held a 13-6 advantage in the game in 3-point field goals made. USC Aiken shot 40.6 percent (13-of-32) from beyond the arc in the game.


Four Pacers finished in double figures in the contest with Santoine Butler leading the way with a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Butler, who was 6-for-9 from the field, also had two blocks.


For the second game in a row, Ronald Zimmerman led the Pacers with 22 points after posting 28 in the first meeting with the Rams. Zimmerman hit six 3-pointers in the game.


Jesse Seilern did a little bit of everything for USCA, finishing with 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Kinley Branch was the final Pacer in double figures with 10 points. He also had 10 rebounds to collect a double-double of his own to go along with two blocks.


Winston-Salem State’s Justin Glover led all players with 30 points.


USCA will return to action on Saturday, when it travels to in Columbia for a game against Benedict. The game’s scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m.