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DII: No. 8 Florida Southern drops second Wed. game in a row; Tampa wins

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa (17-8, SSC 10-6) slid by conference champs and No. 8 Florida Southern (23-4, SSC 11-4) with a final score of 71-69 at the Bob Martinez Athletic Center Wednesday night.

Tampa started the game off strong with a 3-point shot from Ryan Kidd and a dunk by Eric Moraes for three consecutive possessions.

Trading baskets for the majority of the game, the Moccasins took off on a 8-0 run leaving the Spartans trailing behind 23-32. With 1:31 left, Da'Markco Foster got went to the line and sparked a five- point offensive flow earning him 13 points at the half.

Junior guard Jordan Davis concluded the first period with a 3-point buzzer beater narrowing the margin to 31-33. Davis also had ten rebounds.

The drive didn’t stop there with Foster regaining the lead at the top of the second half with a 3-point shot. Once again both teams swapped possessions with the Spartans scoring 60 percent from the field.

The down to the wire contest was tied nine times while leads alternated for 15. The victory ends Tampa’s 13 game losing streak against the Mocs.

Davis ended the game with a double-double 16 points and a career high of 17 rebounds. Foster scored a game high of 22 points.

No. 10 South Carolina Aiken 82, GRU Augusta 73

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- South Carolina Aiken overcame a 20-point first half deficit to record an 82-73 victory at GRU Augusta Wednesday evening, clinching the Peach Belt Conference regular-season title outright.

The Pacers are currently 25-3 overall and 17-1 in league play.

Leading the way for head coach Vince Alexander's team was DeVontae Wright, who poured in a career-high 26 points to go along with four rebounds and a game-high three assists. Ronald Zimmerman connected on four 3-point buckets en route to 19 points while Jesse Seilern accounted for 14 points and six rebounds. Rick Alderman came off the bench to account for 11.

Defensively, Paul Larsen tallied three steals and snagged a game-high nine boards. Alvin Brown swatted four shots in addition to collecting six boards.

USC Aiken hit 45.5 percent of its shots from the floor and buried 36-of-49 from the foul line (73.5 percent). Alexander's team out-rebounded the visitors 41-29.

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