AIKEN, S.C. – University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball head coach Vince Alexander announced the addition of an exhibition game against College of Charleston to the 2012-13 Pacer schedule on Friday, Aug. 10.
USC Aiken and College of Charleston will take to the court against one another at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at TD Arena.
“I am really grateful to have the opportunity to challenge a top-level mid-major Division I team early in our preparations for the 2012-13 regular season,” noted Alexander. “I know playing against such tremendous competition will make our team that much better as we prepare to defend our Peach Belt Conference championship in the upcoming season.”
USC Aiken and College of Charleston have faced off against one another 24 times during the regular season. The two last tangled during the regular season in 2002.
The exhibition contest on Nov. 3 will mark the second time in the last four years that the two have faced off against one another in a preseason contest.
In November of 2009, College of Charleston narrowly escaped the Pacers in a 94-92 overtime victory at TD Arena.
The exhibition game against College of Charleston matches up two of the winningest programs in the Palmetto State over the course of the last five years. The Pacers’ 110 victories over the last five seasons ties them with College of Charleston and Benedict for the most wins at any collegiate level in the state of South Carolina over the five-year span.
After the College of Charleston exhibition, USC Aiken for the third consecutive year will open its regular season at home against Voorhees. The Pacers have easily downed Voorhees to start the past two seasons. The Pacers and Tigers are slated to commence the 2012-13 Pacer regular season at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The Pacers had one of the best seasons in school history in their 2011-12 campaign.
The Peach Belt Conference regular-season champions with a league mark of 14-4, USC Aiken made its fourth trip to the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament in the last five years in the 2011-12 season.
USC Aiken was ranked nationally for much of the 2011-12 season. The Pacers were never ranked lower than third in the Southeast Region rankings. In fact, USC Aiken closed the regular season as No. 1 in the region rankings. USC Aiken would eventually earn the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Regional contested at Montevallo.
Pacer guards Sterling Council and Re'mon Nelson were both named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Conference Team. Council was a First-Team choice, while Nelson was selected to the Third-Team. Nelson, a junior, was also named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament Team. Alexander was chosen as the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
Council, a senior, was chosen to the NABC Division II Southeast Region All-District First-Team. He was also named to the 2012 Daktronics Division II Men's Basketball All-Southeast Region Second-Team.
USC Aiken sophomore guard Jesse Seilern was selected to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division II Men's Basketball District Three First-Team. He was also named to the 2011-12 Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball All-Academic Team.