Gamecocks Beat UMASS 76-70 With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More
Justin Minaya led the team with a career-high 17 points on Saturday
GCF Staff Report
December 02, 2017
RECAP: Men's Basketball vs. UMass — 12/2/17
POST-GAME: Frank Martin on UMass — 12/2/17
South Carolina vs. UMASS
GAMECOCK STAT LEADERSPoints: Justin Minaya (17)Rebounds: Felipe Haase (10)Assists: Hassani Gravett (4)Steals: Maik Kotsar, Hassani Gravett (3)Blocks: Felipe Haase (1)Minutes: Justin Minaya (33)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Freshman Justin Minaya scored 17 points, Chris Silva had 12 of his 14 points in the second half and South Carolina defeated UMass 76-70 on Saturday.
Silva, coming off a two-point performance in a Thursday loss to Temple at Madison Square Garden, was in foul trouble for most of the game. He and Maik Kotsar entered the game with 5:40 remaining with four fouls apiece and Silva delivered back-to-back dunks in 34 seconds to put USC up by six.
The Minutemen cut the advantage to two with 19.4 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer by Carl Pierre, but Hassani Gravett made four straight free throws to seal it.
Gravett finished with 14 points for South Carolina (6-2), while freshman Felipe Haase chipped in 11.
Luwane Pipkins led UMass (3-5) with 25 and Pierre added 12. The Minutemen have lost four straight.
The Gamecocks shot 51 percent (28-for-55) from the floor and turned it over just four times in the second half after coughing up the ball 11 times in the first 20 minutes.
South Carolina is 6-0 in the 2017-18 season when scoring 70-plus points. In all six of the team's wins, four players have scored in double figures.
Justin Minaya finished with a career-high 17 points. He went 6-for-11 from the field and led the team with 33 minutes. His six made rbaskets surpassed his previous single-game high of five.
Hassani Gravett scored a season-high 14 points and knocked down four big free throws late in the game. The redshirt junior point guard had four assists and zero turnovers.
Felipe Haase finished with career-highs in points (11) and rebounds (10) en route to notching his first career double-double. He played 29 minutes off the bench.
South Carolina continues its homestand when Wyoming visits Columbia for a 7 p.m. ET matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Wyoming head coach Allen Edwards played for Gamecock head coach Frank Martin at Miami Senior High, and he is also the brother of Gamecock staff member Doug Edwards. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+.
From USC Sports Information