AC Thumps Bearcats For 2-0 Start

GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Joel C. Zimmerman scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Anderson College to a 71-61 victory over Lander in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at the Horne Arena. Anderson, 2-0 overall, is off to its best start as a four-year program. The loss drops Lander to 1-1. Zimmerman was 4 for 5 from behind the arc, grabbed seven rebounds, handed out two assists, and had one steal in 37 minutes. Travis Tate, who was 5 for 7 from behind the arc, added 17 points in just 18 minutes for AC, while Chris Poore chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. Anderson never trailed in the game. There were four ties in the first four and a half minutes, the final one at 10. From that point, AC went on a 14-0 run for a 24-10 lead with 11:22 to play in the half. Zimmerman scored two baskets and Tate tossed in two 3-point goals during the run. Lander answered AC's run with a 14-3 run to cut the Trojan lead to 27-24 with 5:06 left. But that's as close as the Bearcats could get. AC led 36-28 at the half and extended its lead with a 7-0 run to open the second half. Zimmerman scored five of the seven points during the run. A pair of 3-point goals by Tate gave Anderson its largest lead of 18 points -- 53-35 -- with 12:19 remaining. A 19-7 run by Lander sliced the AC lead to 60-54 with 4:25 left, but the Trojans made five free throws and Osvaldo Haynes and Poore both grabbed critical rebounds off of free-throw misses to seal the game for AC. Lander was led by Richard Gilliam and Bryson Chattman with 15 points apiece and Kenneth Nether with 13 points. Anderson shot 52 percent from the field in the first half and 48 percent for the game. The Trojans made 11 of 25 from behind the arc. Lander shot 45 percent from the field. Led by Haynes' nine rebounds, AC dominated the glass, 40-27. Jerome Johnson had five of AC's 18 assists. Both teams suffered just eight turnovers. AC-Lander Box Season Statistics

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