USCA travels to Francis Marion

  • Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 11:18 p.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, December 16, 2012 11:25 p.m.
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman
USC Aiken's Santoine Butler dumps in two of his 18 points against UNC Pembroke.
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman USC Aiken's Santoine Butler dumps in two of his 18 points against UNC Pembroke.

Both the USC Aiken men's and women's basketball teams will be in action tonight as they hit the road to play at Francis Marion.

The No. 3 Pacer women are fresh off a win in their Peach Belt Conference opener against UNC-Pembroke. Kayla Harris led USCA (7-0, 1-0) to a 65-51 win over the Braves, and, in the process, also passed the 1,000-point mark for her career.

Francis Marion (5-2, 0-1) is coming off a loss at the hands of Georgia College in its PBC opener. The Patriots got a season high 18 points from Tiara Gause, but it wasn't enough, as the Bobcats won 75-51 in front of their home crowd.

The Pacers and Patriots are scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m. in Florence, where the Patriot women have yet to lose in four games.

The USCA men (4-2, 1-0) also picked up a win over UNC-Pembroke on Saturday night. Re'Mon Nelson scored 25 points in the 86-79 win over the Braves, and it was also a win that featured some extra emphasis for head coach Vince Alexander. His 129 wins puts him in a tie with Larry Epperley for most victories as USCA head coach.

The Patriots (4-2, 0-1) also fell to Georgia College in their first PBC game of the year. Storm Clonch came off the bench for Francis Marion and had 14 points to go with nine rebounds in the 94-82 loss.

The men's game is set to start at 7:30 p.m. in Florence, with the Pacers looking to get their first win on the road.

Scott Rodgers is a graduate of Alvernia University and a staff writer at the Aiken Standard.

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