ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Ronald Zimmerman knocked down a career-best eight 3-pointers and the USC Aiken men’s basketball team bested Flagler, 85-68, in Peach Belt Conference action on Thursday evening at the Flagler Gymnasium.

The victory allows USCA (16-6, 12-3) to take a 2½-game lead over Armstrong (13-8, 9-5) and UNC Pembroke (16-8, 9-5) in the conference’s East Division.

The Pacers after their win over Flagler (10-12, 6-9) Thursday and with only three losses in league play continue to own the overall lead for the PBC regular-season crown over West Division foes Montevallo (15-8, 11-5) and Young Harris (15-7, 10-5).

USCA opened the first two minutes of the game by scoring eight of the first 12 points. Paul Larsen claimed six of the eight points for USCA.

After two 3-pointers from Zimmerman over the course of the next two minutes, USCA led 14-4.

USCA eventually entered the halftime break owning a 17-point advantage at 45-28.

Flagler got as close as seven in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Pacers kept their lead in double figures for much of the rest of the game in their eventual 17-point victory. The Pacers led by as many as 22 points in the second half.

The national leader in 3-pointers made per game, Zimmerman’s eight treys in the road win allowed him to finish with a game-best 25 points. He also knocked down one free throw.

Zimmerman was a lethal 8-for-13 from beyond the arc. He also claimed five rebounds and four assists to go along with his 25 points.

Four Pacers finished the game scoring in double figures, with Larsen finishing just behind Zimmerman with 21 points. Larsen also collected a game-best 10 rebounds to acquire his team-leading ninth double-double. He has now procured double-digit rebounds in nine of USCA’s last 10 games.

Larsen also had three steals and two assists in the Pacer victory.

Buoyed by his normal assault on the rim, Santoine Butler ended USCA’s victory with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal.

He was 8-for-11 from the field in the game.

The final Pacer in double figures was Jesse Seilern, who ended his evening with 12 points, four assists and one rebound. He was 5-of-7 from the floor in the game.

The foursome of Pacers in double figures accounted for 75 of USCA’s 85 points in the game. Seven Pacers scored in the contest in total.

Re’mon Nelson didn’t score in the win, but the Pacer point guard did dish out a game-best 11 assists to go along with his three steals and three rebounds.

The USCA men’s basketball team will next return home for its Homecoming contest against Lander on Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.