USC Aiken Pulls Away From GSW In Second Half

AIKEN, S.C. - The Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team was on the wrong side of an 18-0 second half run Saturday evening in the Convocation Center as USC Aiken pulled away to hand the Hurricanes a 77-64 loss.

GSW suffered its eighth straight road setback this season to fall to 4-10 overall and 2-5 in the Peach Belt Conference, while USC Aiken improved to 10-4, 4-3 in the PBC.

The Hurricanes kept the game close in the first half. Cameron Dozier sank a pair of free throws with 7:02 left until the break to tie the game at 18-18. USC Aiken scored on its next possession and led the rest of the way. A 3-pointer by Henry Bolton III in the closing seconds of the half put the Pacers ahead 35-28 at halftime. 

Devin Watson made a layup with 16:18 to play to pull GSW within four points, 42-38, but the next five minutes proved to be the Hurricanes downfall as they committed six turnovers and missed their only three shots during the decisive 18-0 run.    

USC Aiken finished with more rebounds (42-34) and assists (18-13) in the contest while utilizing a 17-4 fast break advantage to pull away from the Hurricanes.

Dozier led GSW with 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Watson hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range en route to his 15 points. Brandon Price chipped in 12.

Bolton III led USCA with 21 points. Mark Matthews added 12 points and Kevin Chuisseu pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Hurricanes head to Savannah, Ga., on Monday for a 3:30 p.m. game against Armstrong State University.