AIKEN, S.C. - Jalyn Hinton scored a game-high 21 points and five other players scored in double figures as Florida Southern College men's basketball kept rolling with a 96-80 win over USC Aiken on Saturday at the Convocation Center. The Moccasins (3-0) held the Pacers (0-5) to just 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from long range to pick up their third-straight win to begin the season.
In addition to his scoring total, Hinton also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with three assists and three blocks. Jack Rauch scored 19 points, while Brandon Caroll (15), E.J. Dambreville (13), Brett Hanson (13), and Xavier Rhodes (10) all scored in double figures.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a pair of misses from long range to start off the game, Florida Southern would fall behind 2-0 when Robert Hill hit a layup to give USC Aiken the first bucket of the game with 18:59 to play in the first half. The Pacers' lead would be short-lived, however, as the Mocs scored the next four points to take a 4-2 lead and Jair Rodgers hit a three to make it 7-3 at the 17:36 mark.
- The Moccasins were able to build an eight-point cushion when Hinton threw down back-to-back dunks to make it 17-9 with just over 14 minutes to go in the first. USC Aiken responded by scoring 11 of the next 17 points to close within three (23-20) on a Shaquan Jules dunk with nine minutes on the clock, but a Rauch layup, a three from Dambreville, and a Hanson layup gave Southern eight points in a row as the lead swelled back to double digits (30-20) with just over six minutes left in the half.
- USC Aiken was able to mount an 11-2 run of its own over the next four minutes to pull within one (32-31) on Dhieu Deing's three with 2:35 left in the half, but the Mocs never surrendered the lead and took a 40-37 edge into the locker room at the half.
- The Pacers were again able to pull within a single point (42-41) when Deing drilled another three early at the 18:29, but Florida Southern erupted for a 15-1 run over the next three minutes to take a commanding 57-42 lead on Dambreville's three-pointer with a little over 15 minutes to go. The early-half scoring run proved to be the nail in the coffin for USC Aiken as the Moccasins never led by less than double digits the rest of the way, and led by as many as 22 points (88-66) with 4:59 to play.
- Hinton's 21 points came on an 8-of-14 performance from the floor, while Hanson tallied a double-double by also grabbing 10 rebounds. Dambreville hauled in nine boards, while Rauch tallied eight The Mocs outrebounded the Pacers 51-38, and outscored USC Aiken 25-9 on second-chance buckets.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 5-1 all-time against USC Aiken, including a 3-0 mark when facing the Pacers on the road. The Mocs have scored 90 or more points in two of their first three games. The last time Southern scored more than 90 in two of the first three games of the season came in 2014-15 when the team scored 90 or more in the first 12 games of the season en route to a national title.
- In his first three games in a Moccasin uniform, Hinton has tallied 13 blocks (4.3). He is on pace for 120 total blocks on the season, which would be a new program record.
- The Mocs had six players score in double figures for the first time since March 2, 2019, a 105-100 victory over Rollins. USC Aiken's three-point percentage (.176) is the lowest for any Florida Southern opponent since the Mocs held Eckerd to a 1-of-10 mark (.100) on March 11, 2018.
- Hanson scored in double figures for the 24th-straight game dating back to last season. He pushed his career scoring total to 1,606 and needs eight more to move into eighth place in school history in career scoring. He also upped his career rebound total to 654 and needs six more to move into 14th in school history in total rebounds.
- In addition to his scoring and rebound totals, Hanson (306) is now just 67 assists shy of cracking the top 10 in school history and is one steal shy (165) of moving into seventh in that category.
- Florida Southern opens Sunshine State Conference action at Embry-Riddle (Nov. 20) and Barry (Nov. 23) before opening its home slate with games against New Haven (Nov. 29) and Valdosta State (Nov. 30).