Lady Pacers win, Pacers fall at Pembroke

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PEMBROKE, N.C. — Porsha Martin scored 19 points and Daniela Tarailo added 18 as the USC Aiken women's basketball team (20-6, 13-6 Peach Belt) closed out the regular season with a 71-56 victory over UNC Pembroke (12-16, 6-13).

Martin added nine rebounds and four assists for the Lady Pacers, who have now won 20 or more games in six of the past seven seasons. Tarailo was 7 of 12 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Tiffani Moody finished with 13 rebounds, 12 points and a career-best seven blocks. She also had four assists.

The Lady Pacers will play host Columbus State at 7 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament in Columbus, Ga.

In the men’s game, George Blakeney had 21 points and 15 rebounds as UNC Pembroke (21-8, 14-5) defeated Peach Belt regular-season champion USC Aiken (19-7, 15-4).

Paul Larsen led USC Aiken with 21 points. Santoine Butler, a former Cross Creek standout, added 17.

The Pacers will play Clayton State at 1 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

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