USC AIKEN 84, FLAGLER 64
Santoine Butler finished with a double-double, and the USC Aiken men’s basketball team acquired its fourth straight victory in an 84-64 home Peach Belt Conference win over Flagler on Thursday evening at the Convocation Center.
The victory allowed USCA (13-5, 9-2) to stay on top in the PBC East Division. The Pacers have now won 25 of their last 26 regular-season home games.
Butler closed out the 20-point win over Flagler (9-9, 5-6) with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also had one block and one steal.
The double-double was the second of the season for Butler.
Two Pacers in total finished with double-digit rebounds with Paul Larsen claiming 11 rebounds to go along with his eight points, two steals and one block. Larsen has now obtained double-figure rebounds in USCA’s last six games.
Three Pacers finished in double figures in scoring in the game with DeVontae Wright leading all USCA players in the game by scoring a Pacer career-best 17 points. Wright was 7-for-8 from the field in the game. He also had four assists, three rebounds and one steal.
Re’mon Nelson finished just behind Wright with 16 points. Nelson concluded the Pacer win with seven assists, three rebounds and one block.
USCA’s all-time steals leader is now just two assists away from becoming the all-time leader in program history in assists. Nelson currently has 438 in his career to sit just one back of current program record holder Eric Dugans (1999-2003).
All nine Pacers that saw action in the game scored.
Flagler had four players in double figures with Ante Gospic leading the way with 21 points and nine rebounds.
USCA closed out the win shooting 58.5 percent (31-for-53) as a team. The Pacers shot a scorching 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from beyond the arc in the game and hit 15 of their 19 (78.9 percent) free throw attempts in the game.
Flagler shot 41.3 percent (26-for-63) as a team in its loss to the Pacers and connected on just 31.8 percent (7-for-22) of its 3-point attempts in the contest. The Saints could only manage to hit 5 of their 13 (38.5 percent) of their free throw attempts.
USCA held a commanding 44-23 rebound advantage in the game.
The Pacers will next travel to Augusta on Saturday to face off against rival Augusta State at 7:30 p.m.
Staff photo by Noah Feit USC Aiken’s DeVontae Wright (4) goes up for a shot in the Pacers’ 84-64 win over Flagler. Wright finished the game with a team-best 17 points.×
Staff photo by Noah Feit USC Aiken's Paul Larsen (14) goes up for a shot over Ante Gospic in the Pacers' 84-64 win over Flagler. Larsen finished the game with eight points and 11 rebounds.×
Staff photo by Noah Feit USC Aiken's Jesse Seilern goes up for a shot over Matthias Sigurdarson in the Pacers' 84-64 win over Flagler.×