USC AIKEN 74, LANDER 60

STAFF REPORTS


GREENWOOD — Two Pacers finished with a double-double as the USC Aiken men’s basketball team won its sixth straight game, defeating Peach Belt Conference rival Lander 74-60 Wednesday at Horne Arena. The win allows the Pacers (15-5, 11-2) to remain in control in the race for the PBC regular-season title, as the first-place team in the East Division own a 1½-game lead over West Division-leading Montevallo (14-6, 10-3).


Paul Larsen led the Pacers with his seventh double-double of the season. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds, with four of the boards coming on the offensive glass. Larsen, who also had one block, shot 8-for-11 from the field and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the charity stripe.


Santoine Butler was the other Pacer with a double-double, his third of the year. Butler posted 12 points and 10 rebounds, and four of his boards also came on the offensive glass.


The national leader in 3-pointers made per game, Ronald Zimmerman knocked down six treys en route to an 18-points performance. The final of four Pacers in double figures in the contest was Jesse Seilern, who added 10 points.


Re’mon Nelson, who recently became USCA’s all-time assists leader finished with a game-high seven assists.


Two Bearcats (6-13, 1-11 PBC) finished with more than 20 points, with David Pruett scoring a game-high 25 and Dermaine Smith adding 21 more. Lander shot 44.9 percent (22-for-49) as a team, but it was only able to hit 18.2 percent (2-for-11) of its 3-point attempts.


USCA shot 45.2 percent (28-for-62) and hit 37.9 percent (11-for-29) of its 3-point attempt.


Lander led by as many as eight points in the first half with the Bearcats owning a 30-22 advantage. The Pacers responded with a 9-0 run over the next three minutes and eventually entered halftime with a 37-32 advantage. The Pacers went ahead by as many as 15 in the second half before emerging with the 14-point victory.


USCA will next travel to Savannah, Ga. to face off against Armstrong Atlantic State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.