Pacers race past Patriots at start of second half

Pacers race past Patriots at start of second half

AUGUSTA, GA – Second-seeded and 16th-ranked USC Aiken used a 25-8 run that started late in the first half and continued through the first five minutes of the second half that enabled the Pacers to claim a 98-83 victory over third-seeded Francis Marion University, Saturday night (March 9) in the semifinals of the 2019 Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.

Francis Marion falls to 21-8 and must now wait for Sunday night's NCAA Division II National Tournament selection show (at 10:30 p.m.) to see if the Patriots will receive an at-large bid.  USCA (26-4) advances to face top-seeded Augusta University in Sunday's 4 p.m. championship game.

PBC Co-Player of the Year Brandon Parker led FMU with 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Second-team All-Conference guard Ryan Davis posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while PBC Co-Freshman of the Year Kailex Stephens added 14 points, nine rebounds, and five assist.

Junior guard Faison Brock (25) and senior guard Ty'lik Evans (24) combined for 49 points to pace USCA.

Francis Marion led for almost the entire first half.  After a brief tie at 2-2, the Patriots scored seven straight to lead 9-2.  A jumper by freshman center Winton Hill gave Francis Marion its largest lead at 23-15 with 11:06 left before halftime.

USCA rallied to trim the margin to one point (26-25), but the Patriots opened up a seven-point margin (33-26) following a basket in the paint by junior forward Kendall Wall with 7:09 on the clock.  The Patriots led 38-33 only to have USCA knot the score at 38-38.  After a pair of free throws by Davis, USCA rattled off the final five points of the half, to lead 43-40 at intermission, and the Pacers would never trail again.

A 10-0 run by the Pacers expanded their second half lead to 58-45, but after a three-pointer by Stephens, USCA ran off seven straight to swell the margin to 17 points (65-48).

Trailing 71-59, Hill came up with a steal in the open floor and was intentionally fouled.  He made 1-of-2 free throws, but on the ensuing possession FMU turned the ball over so the deficit was 11 at 71-60 with 11:40 remaining in the contest.

Francis Marion would never get closer than 13 for the rest of the game.

FMU shot 43.1 percent from the floor, made 11 three-pointers, and was 10-of-16 at the stripe.  USCA connected on 50 percent of its shots, including 9-of-24 from behind the three-point arc, and made 15-of-20 free throw attempts.

The Pacers held a decisive 28-7 lead in points-off-turnovers.

 

03/09/19 7:30 p.m. at Augusta, Ga. - Christenberry Fieldhouse
#16 USC AIKEN 98, FRANCIS MARION 83
FMU (21-8)
Brandon Parker 10-17 3-4 27; Ryan Davis 5-12 5-7 17; Kailex Stephens 6-17
0-0 14; Je'Quan Perry 3-9 0-1 7; Jaquez Smith 2-8 1-2 6; Winston Hill 2-4
1-2 5; Kendall Wall 2-3 0-0 4; Douglas Dwight 1-2 0-0 3; Alex Cox 0-0 0-0 0;
Gabriel Dickerson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-72 10-16 83.
USCA (26-4)
Faison Brock 10-15 5-6 25; Ty'lik Evans 8-18 3-5 24; Xzavier Barmore 6-21
2-2 17; Shaquan Jules 4-6 2-4 10; Robert Hill 3-3 1-1 7; Darius Bell 2-5 2-2
6; Kyle Tackeberry 2-3 0-0 5; Myles Washington 2-3 0-0 4; Eric Kinloch 0-0
0-0 0. Totals 37-74 15-20 98.
Halftime: USCA 43 FMU 40
3-point goals--FMU 11-40 (Brandon Parker 4-10; Ryan Davis 2-5; Kailex
Stephens 2-9; Douglas Dwight 1-2; Je'Quan Perry 1-6; Jaquez Smith 1-7;
Winston Hill 0-1), USCA 9-24 (Ty'lik Evans 5-9; Xzavier Barmore 3-9; Kyle
Tackeberry 1-2; Darius Bell 0-1; Myles Washington 0-1; Faison Brock 0-2).
Fouled out--FMU-None, USCA-None. Rebounds--FMU 39 (Ryan Davis 10), USCA 44
(Faison Brock 8; Xzavier Barmore 8). Assists--FMU 19 (Kailex Stephens 5),
USCA 19 (Ty'lik Evans 7). Total fouls--FMU 19, USCA 11. Technical
fouls--None. A-1318