Originally created 03/02/98

Pacers get tourney bid



AIKEN -- The University of South Carolina Aiken Pacers have received an at-large bid to the South Atlantic Region NCAA Division II basketball tournament starting Thursday at USC Spartanburg.

"It's the first ever bid we've received since joining Division II back in the 1990-91 season," said USC Aiken sports information director Lindy Brown on Sunday.

The Pacers, 19-9 overall and 11-5 in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference, are seeded No. 6 and will play No. 3 Columbus State on Thursday at a time to be determined. USC Aiken defeated Columbus State 95-77 in Aiken this season.