USC Aiken Gearing Up to Host 2010 PBC Basketball Championships
AIKEN, S.C. - The Peach Belt Conference East second-seeded USC
Aiken men's basketball team is preparing to face Peach Belt
Conference West fourth-seeded Clayton State in the 2010 Marvin
Vanover Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball Championships
semifinals at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 6 at the USC Aiken
The Pacers dominated East third-seeded Francis Marion en route to an 80-59 victory in the quarterfinals to set up the semifinal contest with Clayton State. The Lakers upset NCAA Division II 14th-ranked and PBC West top-seeded Georgia College & State, 77-66, in their quarterfinal match-up in Milledgeville, Ga.
The semifinal is the second of two men's basketball semifinals at the Convocation Center on Saturday with national No. 1 and PBC East No. 1 Augusta State set to square off with West second-seeded Montevallo in the first men's semifinal of the evening at 6 p.m.
The Peach Belt Conference Tournament women's basketball semifinals will be played earlier in the afternoon at the Convocation Center on Saturday, March 6. The first semifinal at 1 p.m. will pit NCAA Division II No. 9 and PBC East No. 1 Lander against NCAA Division II No. 21 and PBC West No. 2 Clayton State. The final women's semifinal of the day at 3 p.m. will feature PBC West No. 1 Georgia College & State against PBC East No. 2 and NCAA Division II No. 17 Francis Marion.
The Peach Belt Conference men's and women's final four will be vying for a spot in the PBC Tournament championship games at the Convocation Center on Sunday, March 7. The Women's Championship game is scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m. with the Men's Championship contest slated for a 4:30 p.m. tip.
USC Aiken (17-10) and Clayton State (16-12) have made it a habit of late to meet in the PBC Tournament. In the Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals in the 2008-09 season, USC Aiken earned a 60-50 victory over the Lakers. One year earlier, the Lakers took a hard-fought triple overtime 89-87 victory over the Pacers in the 2008 Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship game. Both games were played at the Convocation Center.
According to USC Aiken athletic records, Clayton State owns a slight 14-10 all-time series advantage over the Pacers. USC Aiken, which has won three of the last four meetings, fell 90-74 to the Lakers in their only meeting this season. USC Aiken's Byron Faison (Sumter, S.C./Crestwood) posted a career-best 30 points in the game.
USC Aiken has played in the last two Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship games. They are 1-2 all-time in PBC Tournament championship contests having last obtained the tournament crown in 1993.
Tickets for the semifinal and final rounds of the 2010 Peach Belt Conference Basketball Tournament are $8 and enable the bearer to all games played on that day.
The Saturday price also includes the PBC Dance Team, Cheerleading and Pep Band Competition.
All six games over the course of the weekend will feature a free live webcast and live stats. The PBC Dance Team, Cheerleading and Pep Band Competition will also feature a free webcast.
For more information, please visit the official tournament website at: http://www.peachbeltconference.org/information/0910basketballtournament/index