Pacers pound Columbus  State's Cougars 91-78

Staff photo by Mac Banks USCA's Josh Dollard drives to the basket.

In yet another game that was dominated by the officials' whistle and not the players, the USCA men's basketball team was able to jump out to a quick start and sail pass Columbus State 91-78. The game, which took about two hours to play, saw the officials call 52 fouls, 26 for each team. With that being said, both team shot pretty much the same from the free throw line as USCA held a slight edge, going 19-25 for 76 percent and Columbus State went 19-27 for 70 percent. Two players from each team both fouled out of the game. The majority of the fouls were called in the second half; only 19 fouls were called before halftime. Besides the closeness in shooting percentages, there really wasn't much that was close about the game. The Pacers jumped out to an 8-0 start and never looked back. The Pacers were led by junior Javonte Clanton, who score 24 points in 29 minutes of play. The Pacers also had four other players in double digits - senior Kingsley Oguchi scored 18, senior Chris Commons scored 17, junior Josh Dollard dropped in 14 and senior Brian Egwuatu added 10. A three-pointer by Clanton opened the game, and a dunk from Egwuatu brought the crowd to its feet. Columbus State had trouble converting shots in the first half and shot just 42 percent from the field. The Pacers crashed the glass, preventing Columbus State from getting any second-chance points. Columbus State only got five second-chance points in the game as they were outrebounded 46-32 by USCA. The Pacers got 10 second-chance points and 22 points off turnovers. The Pacers were led on the board by Egwuatu, who had 11 rebounds, 10 of which came on the defensive end. USCA put together a 7-0 run and a 8-0 run midway through the first half. Both team handled the ball sloppily - each had 24 turnovers in the game. Despite the poor play, Columbus State tried to hang with USCA and were only down by 11 at the half. In the second half, Columbus State pulled within eight points at the 13-minute mark, but the Pacers again pushed the ball and build on their lead. In the second half, Columbus State didn't shoot as well as they did in the first half, but neither team was able to shoot much or set up much of a game plan with 33 fouls called between the two teams. Columbus State 35 43 - 78 USCA 46 45 - 91 Columbus State (78) - Owen Brow 3-6 2-5 9, Javarus Stewart 4-11 0-0 10, Chris Telesford 1-4 0-0 3, Carlos Wright 5-9 1-2 14, Nick Gagnon 7-10 2-7 16, Tray Holloway 0-3 4-4 4, Sean Miller 3-9 4-4 11, Brandon Bland 3-6 5-5 11. Totals 26-61 19-27. USCA (91) - Kingsley Oguchi 4-10 6-6 18, Cordaryl Ballard 1-7 0-0 2, Javonte Clanton 8-12 4-8 24, Chris Commons 7-12 2-2 17, Brian Egwuatu 3-3 4-5 10, Seth Leonard 0-3 2-2 2, Josh Dollard 6-12 1-2 14, Jakub Gadomski 2-3 4. Totals 31-64 19-25.