Courtesy: USC Aiken Athletics
AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team defeated North Greenville in a non-conference contest by a score of 74-63.
The Pacers are now 4-1 on the season.
Head coach Mark Vanderslice‘s team was led by Faison Brock‘s game-high 19 points on six-of-eight shooting from the floor. Doniel Dean added 17 points and a game-high seven assists while Robert Hill hit double digits with a thunderous dunk late in the second half.
Markus Terry, Dean and Hill all shared team-high honors with six rebounds apiece.
It was a back-and-forth affair early on, but Brock hit a lay-up and Markus Terry slammed one home for a 13-8 advantage with 14:58 to play in the opening half. USC Aiken extended the margin to seven points on a dunk by Hill.
The Crusaders pulled within two at the 5:26 mark, but the Pacers would not give in. The home team quickly pushed the lead to double figures. During the 8-0 spurt, Dean hit a lay-up, Brock made four free throws and Hill converted an inside shot. Leading 38-32, Austin Grimes and Paris Ballinger each made lay-ups in the final 30 seconds for a 42-32 advantage at the break.
The biggest difference in the opening half was due to USC Aiken outscoring the Crusaders 7-0 off turnovers and holding an 8-0 edge in fast break points.
Vanderslice’s team saw its lead dwindle to a mere point at 55-54, but the team slowly stretched the lead back to eight at 64-56. During the run, Brock hit two shots while Dean made one. The Pacers pushed the lead to 11 on a three-ball by Dean with 2:04 to play and never looked back.
USC Aiken’s biggest lead of the game came on a lay-up by Ballinger with just 1:16 to go.
For the game, USC Aiken canned 27-of-61 from the floor (44.3 percent). The squad buried 15-of-23 from the foul line (65.2 percent) and out-rebounded the visitors 40-31. Vanderslice’s team maintained a 22-7 advantage in second-chance points after forcing NGU into 20 turnovers.
The Pacers return to action Saturday, Dec. 16, when they host Clayton State at 3:30 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at PacerSports.com.