AIKEN — USC Aiken opened up Peach Belt Conference play with an 86-79 victory over UNC Pembroke on Saturday at the convocation center.
Re’mon Nelson had 25 points, six assists and four steals to lead the Pacers
(4-2, 1-0), who won their second consecutive game.
Santoine Butler added 18 points and seven rebounds and Paul Larsen chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Ronald Zimmerman had 11 points, as did Kinley Branch, who came off the bench. Branch also had six rebounds.
Shahmel Brackett had 19 points for UNC Pembroke (6-4, 0-1). George Blakeney added 14 points.
NO. 3 USC AIKEN WOMEN 65, UNC PEMBROKE 51
In Aiken, Kayla Harris and Brittany Hall led unbeaten USC Aiken to a victory in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams.
Harris had 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists as USC Aiken improved to 7-0. Harris hit 11 of 15 shots from the field and two of four from the free-throw line.
Hall had 11 assists, nine points and four steals.
The Pacers led 35-29 at halftime, then outscored the visitors 26-5 to open the second half.
It was the Lady Pacers’ first game since coach Mike Brandt recorded his 200th win at the school on Dec. 7, at Wingate. No one scored in double figures for UNC Pembroke (5-3, 0-1 Peach Belt).