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Gamecocks named No. 2 seed in NCAA Tourney
March 12, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina (26-6) earned a No. 2 seed in its 15th berth in the NCAA Tournament and will face 15th-seeded North Carolina A&T (23-8) on Fri., March 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the contest set to be televised on ESPN2 in the event's opening round. The Gamecocks are in the Albany Region and will host the first and second rounds of the tournament at Colonial Life Arena. The other first-round game in Columbia pairs seventh-seeded California (21-10) and 10th-seeded Virginia (18-13) on Fri., March 16, at 5 p.m. ET.
Single-session tickets for the first and second rounds will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tue., March 13. General admission seating is available for $15 (adult) for the first round (both games) and $12 (adult) for the second round. Youth, University faculty/staff and group pricing is also available. Booklets for the entire weekend are available for $23 and include a general admission ticket for each round. Purchase ticket booklets by calling 1-800-4SC-FANS, visiting the Colonial Life Arena box office during regular business hours or going online at GamecocksOnline.com. Single-sessions tickets are available at TicketMaster.com.
This is the seventh-consecutive season the Gamecocks will participate in the NCAA Tournament, the longest streak in program history. South Carolina reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time in 2015 before capturing its first NCAA Championship in 2017. The Gamecocks have played in eight Sweet 16s in their 14 previous times in the event, reaching that round in five of their last six tournament appearances. South Carolina owns a 25-13 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including an 11-2 record in games played in Columbia.
The No. 7/8 Gamecocks won their fourth-straight SEC Tournament championship this season after notching three wins over ranked opponents in a stretch highlighted by a 62-51 victory over No. 2 Mississippi State in the title game. This year marks the fifth-straight season Carolina enters the NCAA Tournament with 25 or more wins
Gamecocks comeback bid falls just shy against Arkansas
Chris Silva and Maik Kotsar each scored 15 points to lead Carolina
GCF Staff Report
March 09, 2018
South Carolina vs. Arkansas (SEC Tournament)
GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS Points: Chris Silva, Maik Kotsar (15) Rebounds: Chris Silva (11) Assists: Wesley Myers (4) Steals: Evan Hinson, Felipe Haase (1) Blocks: Chris Silva (1) Minutes: Frank Booker, Maik Kotsar (34)
ST. LOUIS (AP) Jaylen Barford scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to help Arkansas hold off South Carolina for a 69-64 win in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday night.
The win is the seventh in the last nine games for the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (22-10), who advance to face No. 3 seed Florida on Friday night.
Barford, a first-team All-SEC selection, was 6 of 11 from the field and had a key 3-pointer and fast-break layup in the closing minutes. Daryl Macon added 12 points for Arkansas, hitting 8 of 8 free throws, including two in the final minute that helped seal the win.
Chris Silva had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 11 seed Gamecocks (17-16), who advanced to the second round with a win over Mississippi on Wednesday night. Maik Kotsar also scored 15 points, and Frank Booker added 11.
Arkansas led 36-28 at halftime thanks to its performance at the free throw line, where it hit 14 of 15 in the half. The Razorbacks entered the game 12th in the SEC in free-throw percentage (67 percent), but they continued to shoot the ball well from the line in the second half - finishing 23 of 26 (88.5 percent) overall in the win.
Arkansas, who came into tonight's contest 12th in the league in free throw percentage as a team (67 percent), went 23-for-26 (88 percent) at the foul line in tonight's game.
- First-Team All-SEC forward Chris Silva finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, marking his third consecutive double-double and his 10th of the 2017-18 season (14th career).
- Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar had 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting. His seven made field goals were one shy of matching a career high.
- Graduate transfer guard Frank Booker finished with 11 points. He knocked down a trio of 3s, marking his 17th game this season with three more makes from behind the arc.
Silva's Double-double helps South Carolina hold off Ole Miss
Booker (6) and Minaya (4) combine for 10 3s in the SEC Tournament win
GCF Staff Report
March 08, 2018
South Carolina vs. Ole Miss (SEC Tournament First Round)
GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS Points: Frank Booker, Chris Silva (21) Rebounds: Chris Silva (11) Assists: Hassani Gravett (7) Steals: Frank Booker (4) Blocks: Chris Silva (3) Minutes: Chris Silva (38)
ST. LOUIS (AP) Chris Silva didn't have his usual energy level on Wednesday night, at least in the eyes of South Carolina coach Frank Martin.
If that was an off night for Silva, then the Gamecocks are in good hands moving forward in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Led by Silva's 21 points and 11 rebounds, 11th-seeded South Carolina (17-15) rallied from five points down in the second half to defeat Mississippi 85-84 in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday night.
''(Silva) didn't have a lot of energy,'' Martin said. ''I don't know if he didn't sleep well or didn't eat well. I don't know. Maybe he doesn't feel well. He's too good a kid. He doesn't tell you. He just goes out there and tries to do his best.''
The win wasn't nearly as memorable as last year's Final Four run for South Carolina, but it was a first step toward what the Gamecocks hope is miracle five-games-in-five-days run through the SEC that results in a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Silva was one of five players to score in double figures for South Carolina, which led by as many as nine points in the first half. Frank Booker also scored 21 points, and Justin Minaya had 16. Maik Kotsar added 14 points and Wesley Myers 10 in the win for the Gamecocks, who advance to face No. 6 seed Arkansas on Thursday.
Despite the comfortable first-half margin for South Carolina, the closing minutes were anything but secure. After falling behind by as many as five points midway through the second half, the Gamecocks used a late 16-4 run to take control - before holding off an inspired effort from the Rebels (12-20) in the closing minute.
Breein Tyree scored 18 points to lead the 14th-seeded Rebels, who lost for the 11th time in their last 12 games to end the season and finished their season without former coach Andy Kennedy .
Terence Davis added 16 points, while Bruce Stevens had 15 and Deandre Burnett 13 for Ole Miss.
Booker put South Carolina up 85-81 with a free throw with 13.4 seconds remaining. Stevens answered with a 3-pointer on the other end, but it came at the buzzer.
''Your coach leaves with basically four regular season games left, and it's one of those deals that we had to try and rally around each other, stay positive, stay together, and they did a good job of that,'' Ole Miss interim coach Tony Madlock said. ''I'm just so proud of those guys.''
Ole Miss: The Rebels were playing their fifth game without Kennedy, who made his resignation effective immediately a day following a loss at Mississippi State on Feb. 18. After responding with an overtime win over Missouri the game following Kennedy's departure, Ole Miss lost its final four games of the season. ... Despite the loss on Wednesday night, the Rebels put forth an inspired effort to build on heading into the post-Kennedy era next season.
South Carolina: Silva attempted 16 of his career-high 20 free-throw attempts in the second half, scoring the first five points of the half from the line and helping the Gamecocks withstand the early second-half run from the Rebels. The senior entered the game fourth nationally in free-throw attempts on the season, and he topped his previous bests in makes (11) and attempts (14) - both which came in the loss to Ole Miss on Dec. 31. ''I mean, they (were) doubling on me, but the guards was just doing a really good job trying to find me, trying to give me the ball,'' Silva said. ''I was trying to finish.''
Trailing by three with 10:36 to play, the Gamecocks used a 10-0 run over a 2 minute stretch to retake the lead and go up seven, 68-61, with just over nine minutes remaining.
- Carolina scored a season-high 85 points, knocking down 12 3s after shooting nearly 60 percent from behind the arc. Graduate transfer guard Frank Booker (6) and freshman guard Justin Minaya (4) combined for 10 triples. Booker's six made 3-pointers match an all-time high for a Gamecock in SEC tournament play. Current Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton Jr. hit six 3s vs. LSU on March 12, 2004 in the conference tournament.
- Over the past eight games, Booker is averaging 17.8 points. He's made 28 3s in that stretch, shooting 43 percent from behind the arc (28-for-65).
- Junior forward Chris Silva scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double in 2017-18 (14th career). He played a career-high 38 minutes and his 20 free throw attempts in tonight's game are also a new career high. Silva, who has scored in double-figures 25 times this season, tallied 20 points for the first time since scoring a career-high 27 in the win over No. 20 Kentucky back on Jan. 16.
- Five players (Frank Booker - 21, Chris Silva - 21, Justin Minaya - 16, Maik Kotsar - 14 and Wesley Myers - 10) scored in double-figures for the Gamecocks, marking the first time that's happened this season.
- Carolina improves to 12-2 when leading at halftime and 15-2 when scoring 70-plus points this season.
- Tonight's victory is the Gamecocks' first at the SEC Tournament since 2015. It's the team's fourth win in its last six games overall this season.
Carolina advances to the second round to face sixth-seeded Arkansas on Thursday at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET. South Carolina met Arkansas just once during the regular season, with the Razorbacks posting an 81-65 win in Fayetteville.
From USC Sports Information
Gamecocks face Ole Miss in SEC Tournament Wednesday
Tip time set for approximately 9:30 p.m. ET vs. the Rebels
GCF Staff Report
March 06, 2018
South Carolina vs. Ole Miss
GAME INFO Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Tipoff: approx. 9:30 p.m. ET Location: St. Louis, Mo. Arena: Scottrade Center (18,724) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Tom Hart Analyst: Jon Sundvold Analyst: Molly McGrath Series: Ole Miss leads 20-18COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina is the No. 11 seed in the 2018 SEC Tournament, and is set to begin action versus 14th-seeded Ole Miss on Wednesday evening in St. Louis.
- South Carolina is the No. 11 seed in this week’s SEC Tournament in St. Louis, after posting a 7-11 record this season in Southeastern Conference play. Carolina will face 14th-seeded Ole Miss in the event’s opening round on Wednesday evening. Ole Miss tallied a 74-69 home win in the SEC opener for both schools on Dec. 31, in the only meeting between the two schools during the regular season.
- Carolina is 20-26 (.434) all-time in SEC Tournament play and 4-4 all-time vs. the Rebels.
- Graduate student guard Frank Booker put together the best back-to-back performances of his career last week, matching a then-career high with 25 points and six 3s in the OT win vs. LSU, befor erupting for a career high 27 points, including five 3s and an 8-of-8 effort from the free throw line, in the loss at Auburn. Booker also pulled down 10 rebounds vs. Auburn for a career high, and his first double-double.
- South Carolina suffered a six-game losing streak from late January to mid-February, but the Gamecocks were 3-2 in the final five games of the regular season, including an upset win over No. 10/11 Auburn on Feb. 17. During the stretch, Booker led the squad with 17.0 points per game, junior forward Chris Silva added 13.4 points and nine rebounds per contest and junior guard Hassani Gravett’s 3.2 assists per game were a team best.
- Nine different Gamecocks have registered a double-figure scoring outing this season, led by Silva’s 24 on the year. Booker has 19 and fellow graduate student guard Wesley Myers has 12, including 11 points off the bench at Auburn last Saturday.
- The Southeastern Conference released it’s 2018 Coaches All-SEC awards on Tuesday, and it was announced that junior forward Chris Silva was named to the First Team, the All-Defensive Team, and he was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year. The postseason accolades are the first of Silva’s career. He was dominant in SEC play this season, leading the Gamecocks with 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, while he also averaged 1.3 blocks per game. His rebounds per game were fourth in the league, and he also ranked second in conference action with 3.7 offensive rebounds per outing. He tallied double-figures in 15 games against conference foes this season, while he pulled down eight or more rebounds nine times, and had double-digit rebounds five times, en route to five double-doubles in league action. South Carolina has now had an All-SEC First-Team honoree from the league’s coaches in each of the last three seasons - 2016, Michael Carrera; 2017, Sindarius Thornwell, and Silva this season.
- South Carolina enters SEC Tournament action with a 16-15 overall record. The Gamecocks were 7-11 in SEC games this season.
- The Gamecocks have six wins away from home this season, including two at a neutral site.
- Junior forward Chris Silva’s 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game are both team highs this season.
- Graduate student guard Frank Booker adds 12.5 points per outing, and his 76 3-pointers (2.5 per game) are a team best. His 40.4% from 3-point range, 76-of-188, is ninth in the SEC.
- Six different Gamecocks average at least 7.5 points per game this season, and seven are averaging 20 minutes or more per game.
- In four neutral site games this season, Carolina is averaging 71.0 points per game, while holding opponents to 66.8 per outing. Silva’s 11.0 points are a team high in neutral site contests, and rookie forward Justin Minaya adds 10.8 per game.
- In the SEC statistics, Carolina is fifth in scoring defense (68.5 ppg), sixth in rebound margin (+3.0) and sixth in turnover margin (+1.3).
- Individually in the SEC statistics, Silva’s 7.8 rebounds per game are fourth, Booker is ninth in 3-point field goal percent (40.4%), and he is tied for seventh with 2.5 made 3s per game.
- South Carolina is among the nation’s best in free throw attempts and makes. Carolina is third in the SEC and 16th nationally with 751 free throw attempts on the year, and is third and 20th nationally with 532 makes at the line.
- Ole Miss is 12-19 overall this season and finished the SEC slate with a 5-13 record.
- The team is led by acting head coach Tony Madlock, who played collegiately at Memphis.
- Four average double-figure points for Ole Miss, led by Terence Davis’ 13.7 per game. Deandre Burnett (13.6), Bruce Stevens (10.6) and Breein Tyree (10.6) also average double figures.
- The Rebels have lost 10 of their last 11 games entering the SEC Tournament, including an 82-69 loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday.
- Ole Miss was 7-6 in non-conference games this season and 1-1 in neutral site contests.
- The Rebels are just 2-11 in games played away from home.
- In the SEC statistics, Ole Miss is sixth in scoring offense (75.5 ppg), but last in scoring defense (77.9 ppg).
- In the matchup vs. Vanderbilt, Stevens led the squad with 17 points, while Davis added 15. > Ole Miss is 31-53 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
- Ole Miss leads the all-time series between the two schools 20-18.
- The Gamecocks hold a 5-4 advantage in neutral-site meetings, and the series is tied at the SEC Tournament, 4-4.
- South Carolina won the last SEC Tournament between the two schools, 60-58, in the second round of the 2015 event. Then-senior guard Tyrone Johnson was fouled on a long-range 3-point attempt with just seconds remaining, and he hit all three free throws to advance the Gamecocks.
- The winner of Wednesday’s matchup between the Gamecocks and Rebels will advance to the second round to face sixth-seeded Arkansas on Thursday at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET. South Carolina met Arkansas just once during the regular season, with the Razorbacks posting an 81-65 win in Fayetteville.
South Carolina falls at no.14 Auburn, 79-70
Frank Booker had 27 points and 10 rebounds - his first career double-double
March 03, 2018
GCF Staff Report
South Carolina at No. 14 Auburn
GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS Points: Frank Booker (27) Rebounds: Chris Silva (11) Assists: Felipe Haase (4), Frank Booker (4) Steals: Frank Booker (3) Blocks: Chris Silva (1) Minutes: Frank Booker (34)AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Bryce Brown scored 29 points, making eight 3-pointers, and No. 14 Auburn claimed at least a share of the Southeastern Conference title with a 79-70 comeback victory over South Carolina on Saturday.
The Tigers (25-6, 13-5) earned the top seed in next week's SEC Tournament with their first regular-season title since 1999 and third overall. Auburn would win the outright championship if No. 16 Tennessee loses to Georgia, and holds the tiebreaker thanks to a win over the Volunteers.
Auburn fans began ''SEC! SEC!'' chants in the final two minutes, celebrating a rare title for a long-struggling program that's also poised to end a 15-year NCAA Tournament drought. Afterward, confetti rained down on the team as they donned SEC championship T-shirts on the court.
Brown led a comeback after Auburn trailed by 14 points midway through the first half, busted out of a shooting slump in a big way. He made 8 of 12 3-pointers after going 7 for 39 over the previous four games while nursing foot and shoulder injuries.
Jared Harper finished with 18 points and eight assists. Mustapha Heron scored 12 points and made all 10 free throw attempts. His only basket was a breakaway dunk in the final minute that brought a roar from the crowd. Horace Spencer added 11 points.
Frank Booker led South Carolina (16-15, 7-11) with 27 points and 10 rebounds after scoring 25 points in an overtime win over LSU.
Chris Silva finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 3:38 left. He was 8-of-10 shooting, but committed eight turnovers.
Wesley Myers scored 11 points.
Auburn stormed back from a 14-point deficit midway through the first half. Brown scored 15 points and made four 3-pointers over the final 6:14.
Booker hit a long 3-pointer from the top of the key that rolled around the rim before going in with five seconds left to give the Gamecocks a 37-35 halftime lead.
After shooting below 30 percent in the first half, Auburn shot 50 percent (14-for-28) in the second half. The Tigers also forced 20 Carolina turnovers.
- Graduate transfer guard Frank Booker recorded his first career double-double, recording career-highs in points (27) and rebounds (10). He knocked down five 3s and was 8-for-8 at the free throw line.
- Junior forward Chris Silva had 19 points and 11 rebounds, for his eighth double-double of the 2017-18 season (13th career). He went 8-for-10 from the field in 30 minutes of action.
- Today's game marks the first time since Michael Carrera (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Sindarius Thornwell (18 points, 11 rebounds) at Georgia, Feb. 2, 2016 that two Carolina players tallied double-doubles in the same game.
- Graduate transfer guard Wesley Myers led the bench players with 11 points.
South Carolina awaits the final bracket reveal for the 2018 SEC Tournament, which will be held next week in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center. Gamecock fans should keep an eye out on Saturday night for the official Tournament bracket.
From USC Sports Information
Senior Duo leads South Carolina Past LSU 83-74 In OT With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More
Booker (25) and Myers (23) combine for 48 points in Senior Night win
GCF Staff Report
March 01, 2018
South Carolina vs. LSU
GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS Points: Frank Booker (25) Rebounds: Wesley Myers (7) Assists: Hassani Gravett, Wesley Myers (4) Steals: Wesley Myers (3) Blocks: Chris Silva, Hassani Gravett (2) Minutes: Hassani Gravett (38)HIGHLIGHTS: Men's Basketball vs. LSU — 2/28/18
POSTGAME: Frank Martin on LSU — 2/28/18
POSTGAME: Frank Booker, Wesley Myers, Hassani Gravett on LSU — 2/28/18
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Frank Booker scored 25 points and Wesley Myers added 23 to lead South Carolina to an 83-74 overtime win over LSU on Wednesday night.
Hassani Gravett scored all six of his points in the extra period, including a 3-pointer to open the period as the Gamecocks (16-14, 7-10 Southeastern Conference) scored the first nine points of overtime.
The Tigers (16-13, 7-10) had two shots blocked, two turnovers and missed two free throws, a 3-pointer and a layup in their opening seven possessions of overtime.
South Carolina led 62-47 with 8:08 to go. But LSU finished regulation on a 25-10 run and Tremont Waters' 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left over 6-foot-10 Maik Kotsar sent the game to overtime tied at 72.
The Gamecocks had their own 15-1 run in the middle of the second half.
Waters had 19 points and Brandon Rachal added seven points and 13 rebounds for LSU.
Chris Silva scored eight points before fouling out with 19.3 seconds left in regulation.
While 10 teams are either projected in the NCAA Tournament or on the bubble in the SEC, these two teams likely need to win the SEC Tournament for an NCAA bid. Right now they are trying to avoid the opening day of the conference tournament and needing to win five games in five days for a title. A win Saturday will likely be enough for either team.
LSU: The Tigers are going to have a winning season with first-year coach Will Wade after being picked to finish last in the SEC before the season started and going 10-21 in 2016-17. But it could have been even better. This isn't the first one LSU has let get away. LSU has now been down double-digits three times in the second half, come back, but not won.
South Carolina: Booker and Myers were graduate students brought in to help with a massive drain of talent from South Carolina's Final Four team last year. They were honored on Senior Day and combined for their best game of the season. The win also lets the Gamecocks creep closer to the winning season needed for a possible NIT bid.
The Gamecocks shot 61 percent (17-for-28) in the second half and overtime Wednesday night, knocking down eight 3s the final 25 minutes of the game.
- Head coach Frank Martin's record moves to 13-7 in overtime in his career as a head coach. The Gamecocks played back-to-back overtime games tonight for the first time since the 2005-06 season (vs. Georgia 1/14/06 & at Vanderbilt (1/18/06).
- After allowing 13 offensive rebounds the first 20 minutes, Carolina allowed just one offensive board combined in the second half and overtime.
- Graduate transfer guards Frank Booker (25) and Wesley Myers (23) combined for 48 of the team's 83 points (57.8 percent) in their Senior Night farewell at Colonial Life Arena.
- Booker matched career-highs in points (25) and made 3s (6). He was 8-for-10 from the floor, and 6-for-7 from behind the arc.
- Myers recorded season-highs in points (23) and rebounds (7). His 11 makes on 14 attempts at the charity stripe are a new career high.
- Booker, Myers and redshirt junior guard Hassani Gravett each played 38 minutes.
South Carolina ends the regular season on the road this Saturday, traveling to face No. 14/15 Auburn in a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (analyst) on the call.
From USC Sports Information
Gamecocks Furman In Midweek Action With Videos, Gallery And More
Madison Stokes and Carlos Cortes homered for the Gamecocks, but a three-run seventh by Furman was the difference
GCF Staff Report
Feb. 27, 2018
HIGHLIGHTS: Baseball vs. Furman Highlights — 2/27/18
POSTGAME: Mark Kingston on Furman - 2/27/18
POSTGAME: Madison Stokes on Furman - 2/27/18
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina baseball team fell to Furman in midweek action, 6-4, on Tuesday night (Feb. 27) at Founders Park.
South Carolina struck first in the bottom of the second inning. Madison Stokes and LT Tolbert started with back-to-back hits and both runners were able to advance on a balk. This led to walks for Jonah Bride and Hunter Taylor, which drove in the first run of the game.
Furman immediately answered in the top of the third inning with two runs of their own on a single from Ben Anderson that ended up scoring Bret Huebner after an error in the outfield. A sacrifice fly from Jake Crawford gave Furman a 2-1 lead.
South Carolina had a quick answer in the bottom of the third with a solo home run by Madison Stokes in his first game back from injury, knotting the score at 2-2.
Carmen Mlodzinski handled business in the fifth and sixth innings, but the bats came alive for Furman in the top of seventh. Landon Kay started it off with a single to center field and then Griffith tripled to left, giving Furman a 4-2 lead. A sacrifice fly from Anderson followed that, putting Furman up three.
South Carolina answered big in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run shot to right field by Carlos Cortes, cutting the Furman lead to 5-4.
The Paladins added insurance in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double from Jabari Richards. Mlodzinski took the loss after relieving for Logan Chapman who started the game. Mlodzinski struck out three in 2.1 innings of relief, allowing a hit and two runs. Chapman went four innings in his start, striking out three and allowing three hits and two runs.
"We aren't going to make excuses, that's not what our program is going to be known for... We just haven't hit the last 18 innings. Once again, we've been crushing the ball the great majority of the year and the last two games we got kept off balance. But I promise you, we will look at what teams are doing right now to attack our hitters and we will make the adjustments. Our guys are very coachable... Sometimes it's a step back to take two or three forward and that's exactly what will happen here." - Head Coach Mark Kingston
Furman plated three runs in the seventh innings, two off the bat of Sims Griffth, who tripled to left.
Madison Stokes played in his first game since Feb. 18 and was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored.
Stokes is now hitting .538 with three home runs, six RBI and a 1.462 slugging percentage this season.
LT Tolbert extended his hit streak to nine games after his single in the third frame.
Cortes had his 12th career multi-RBI game after his two-run home run in the eighth.
Tuesday's attendance was 6,107, bringing the season total to 59,283.
The Gamecocks face in-state rival Clemson Friday night (March 2) at Founders Park. First pitch is at 7 p.m.
From USC Sports Information
Gamecocks host LSU on senior night Wednesday
Tip time set for 6:30 p.m. ET vs. the Tigers
GCF Staff Report
Feb. 27, 2018
South Carolina vs. LSU
GAME INFO Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. Location: Columbia, S.C. Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Roy Philpott Analyst: Brooke Weisbrod Series: Carolina leads 17-15 Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANSCOLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina hosts LSU on Wednesday in its final regular season home contest of the 2017-18 campaign. Carolina will celebrate two senior managers two student-athletes and a student assistant coach for Senior Night, with festivities beginning at 6:10 p.m. on the court.
- South Carolina begins the final week of regular season play with a Wednesday home contest vs. LSU, marking the first meeting between the two schools this season. Carolina currently sits in 12th place in the league standings with a 6-10 record in conference contests.
- Junior guard Hassani Gravett erupted for a career high 19 points, hitting a personal best eight shots, but the Gamecocks were out-scored 10-6 in overtime and suffered a 72-68 loss at Mississippi State. Gravett also dished three assists, marking his 17th game with three or more assists this season.
- Junior forward Chris Silva posted his seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and a game high 12 rebounds at Mississippi State. The 12 boards were just one shy of matching his career high, which he set with 13 in last season’s Final Four contest vs. Gonzaga.
- After struggling from the field mid-way through the season, the Gamecocks have hit 40 percent or better in four of the last six contests, including connecting on 44.1 percent from the field (26-59) at Mississippi State.
- After being out-rebounded in each of their four previous contests, South Carolina held a +10 advantage on the boards at MSU, pulling down 40, compared to just 30 by the Bulldogs. Silva, sophomore forward Maik Kotsar (7) and rookie forwards Justin Minaya (6) and Felipe Haase (6) combined for 31 of Carolina’s 40 on the glass.
- South Carolina will honor five on Senior Night on Wednesday in senior managers Steven LaPlante and Jason Schick, senior student-athletes Frank Booker and Wesley Myers, and student assistant coach TeMarcus Blanton. Senior Night festivities will begin at 6:10 p.m.
- South Carolina is 15-14 overall this season and 6-10 in SEC contests.
- Carolina will play Wednesday’s final home game of the regular season vs. LSU, before traveling to No. 14/15 Auburn for the regular-season finale on Saturday.
- Four Gamecocks tallied double figures in the narrow OT loss at Mississippi State, including junior guard Hassani Gravett’s career high 19.
- In SEC games this season, junior forward Chris Silva’s 15.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game pace Carolina. Graduate student guard Frank Booker is also in double figures at 12.0 points per game against SEC competition.
- Silva ranks 30th nationally and third in the SEC with 3.17 offensive rebounds per game. He led the Gamecocks in the category with five at Mississippi State.
- In home games this season, Carolina holds a +3.9 scoring margin over opponents and a +2.5 rebound margin.
- Silva’s 15.2 points per home game lead the team.
- Seven different Gamecocks average 6.1 points or more.
- LSU is 16-12 and 7-9 in SEC contests under first-year head coach Will Wade.
- Rookie guard Tremont Waters paces three in double figures with 15.6 points per game. He also leads the team in SEC games with 14.4 points per outing.
- Waters is second in the SEC and 27th nationally with 5.8 assists per game in overall games this season. In league games, he is averaging 5.4 per contest.
- LSU is 3-6 in road games this season and 2-6 in SEC road games with wins at Texas A&M and Arkansas.
- The Tigers haven’t won a road SEC contest since the Arkansas win on Jan. 10.
- LSU averages 74.0 percent from the free throw line this season, which is fourth in the SEC.
- Waters leads the SEC and is 23rd nationally with 2.1 steals per game this season.
- Below is a closer look at each of our Senior Night honorees:
- Manager, Steven LaPlante: a native of Richmond, Va., LaPlante is in his third season serving as a manager for the Gamecocks.
- Manager, Jason Schick: a native of Atlanta, Ga., Schick is in his second second serving as a manager for the Gamecocks.
- Graduate student guard, Wesley Myers: Myers is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. He has tallied 10 double-figure scoring games this season, including a season high 22 points in leading the Gamecocks to an upset win at No. 20 Florida in late January. Myers hit a career high five 3-pointer in that win over the Gators, and he hit the mark again in Carolina’s home win over Georgia, en route to a 15-point performance.
- Graduate student guard, Frank Booker: Booker hails from Augusta, Ga., and was born in Iceland. Leading the Gamecocks from beyond the arc this season, Booker is ninth in the SEC with 2.2 3-pointers made per game, and is just three away from cracking the Carolina top-10 for a single season in made 3s. His six makes from beyond the arc in the SEC opener at Ole Miss marked a career high, and his 25 points scored on eight made baskets in the home contest vs. Mississippi State set his career high for points. Booker has 13 games this season with three or more made 3s and 17 double-figure scoring games.
- Student assistant coach TeMarcus Blanton: A native of Locust Grove, Ga., just outside of Atlanta, Blanton suffered a serious hip injury during preseason of his freshman campaign (2014-15), that required surgery and months of rehabilitation to return to the court for the 2015-16 season. Blanton would go on to see action in 29 career games, including 21 last season as Carolina marched to the Final Four. He announced in May 2017 that he wouldn’t take the court for the Gamecocks moving forward, but remained with the team, serving as a student assistant coach this season.
- Carolina leads the all-time series, 17-15.
- In Columbia, LSU leads 8-7.
- The Gamecocks have won two-straight over the Tigers, but LSU won the previous three before that.
- South Carolina ends the regular season on the road this Saturday, traveling to face No. 14/15 Auburn in a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (analyst) on the call.
Gamecocks Come up Short In Overtime At Mississippi State
Hassani Gravett scored a career-high 19 points
GCF Staff Report
Feb. 24, 2018
South Carolina at Mississippi State
GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS Points: Hassani Gravett (19) Rebounds: Chris Silva (12) Assists: Hassani Gravett (3) Steals: Justin Minaya (2) Blocks: Chris Silva (3) Minutes: Hassani Gravett (41)
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Lamar Peters had 19 points, including five in overtime, to lead Mississippi State past South Carolina 72-68 on Saturday.
Tyson Carter and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 13 points apiece for Mississippi State (21-8, 9-7 SEC). Nick Weatherspoon also had 10 points for the Bulldogs before fouling out in the second half. Quinndary Weatherspoon hit two free throws with 6.8 seconds left in overtime to clinch the win for Mississippi State.
Hassani Gravett had 19 points to lead South Carolina (15-14, 6-10) and added three assists and a steal. Gravett's 3-pointer at the end of the second half sent the game into overtime. Chris Silva had 11 points and 12 boards despite battling foul trouble. Maik Kotsaw and Felipe Haase also had 11 points for South Carolina.
The visiting Gamecocks jumped on Mississippi State early and held an 11-2 advantage in the game's opening six minutes. South Carolina stretched the lead to 13 points with 6:07 remaining in the first half.
Mississippi State responded with an 11-2 run to close the deficit to 26-22. Gravett, however, sank back-to-back 3 pointers for the Gamecocks to push the lead back to 32-22. Mississippi State's Tyson Carter responded with a 3 pointer to end the first half and South Carolina held a 32-25 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs shot just 33.3 percent in the first half while South Carolina shot 46.2 percent from the field. The Bulldogs were just 2 of 10 beyond the arc and had eight turnovers in the first half. The Gamecocks were 11-0 this year when leading at halftime.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks have now lost four straight games on the road and finish their road schedule next week.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have now won seven of their nine games to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive. The 21 wins mark the most by the Bulldogs since winning 21 in the 2011-12 season.
The Gamecocks had a season-high 21 turnovers (13 in the second half and overtime), leading to 22 points for the Bulldogs.
- Today was South Carolina's first overtime game of the 2017-18 season and its first since a 90-86 four overtime loss to Alabama at home last February.
- Redshirt junior guard Hassani Gravett tallied new career highs for points (19), made field goals (8) and minutes (41). He sent the game to overtime with his third 3-pointer of the game as time expired in the second half.
- Junior forward Chris Silva posted his seventh (12th career) double-double of the season after scoring 11 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, one shy of tying a single-game career high.
- Freshman forward Felipe Haase followed up a strong 12-point outing vs. Georgia with 11 points in 26 minutes off the bench Saturday. He also had six rebounds.
South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday for Senior Night vs. LSU. The meeting will be the first between the two schools this season. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) will have the call for the 6:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network broadcast.
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Gamecocks On The Road At Mississippi State Saturday
Tip time set for 3:30 p.m. ET vs. the Bulldogs
GCF Staff Report
Feb. 23, 2018
South Carolina at Mississippi State
GAME INFO Date: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 Tipoff: 3:30 p.m. ET Location: Starkville, Miss. Arena: Humphrey Coliseum (10,575) Broadcast: SEC Network Play-By-Play: Kevin Fitzgerald Analyst: Sean Harrington Series: Mississippi State leads 20-14
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina travels to face Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville in the second meeting between the two schools this SEC season. MSU captured an 81-76 win in the first meeting in Columbia on Jan. 31.
- South Carolina rides a two-game win streak into Saturday's matchup at Mississippi State. Four scored in double figures in the Gamecocks' most recent win, a 66-57 decision to Georgia. Junior forward Chris Silva and graduate student guard Wesley Myers led the way for Carolina with 15 points each. Myers matched a career high with five made 3s in the contest, including three in the second half.
- A season high 13 3s, and a season low five turnovers were the difference in the matchup vs. UGA on Wednesday. Myers (5) and fellow graduate guard Frank Booker (4) combined for nine of Carolina's 13 3s. The five giveaways matched for an all-time low for the Gamecocks under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, matching last season's Final Four squad, who also had a season low five turnovers vs. Gonzaga on the big stage.
- If the regular season ended today, the Gamecocks would hold the No. 11 seed in the SEC Tournament and would be slated to face 14th-seeded Vanderbilt. Auburn paces the SEC with a 12-3 overall record, followed by Tennessee at 10-5, and there are currently six teams tied with matching 8-7 records.
- In the first meeting this season vs. Mississippi State, Booker erupted for a career high 25 points, hitting eight shots overall, including five 3s. MSU led by as many as nine midway through the second half, but the Gamecocks battled back to make it a one-possession game in the final minutes.
- Over the course of the last five games, Booker paces the Gamecocks with 14.6 points per game, and Silva adds 11.8 per outing. During the stretch, the duo are a combined 51-of-61 (83.6%) at the free throw line.
- Carolina is 15-13 overall this season and 6-9 in SEC contests after posting back-to-back wins at home over then-No. 10 Auburn and Georgia.
- Carolina is currently in a tie for 10th place in the SEC standings and would own the No. 11 seed in the league tournament if it started today.
- South Carolina has four Quadrant 1 wins and two Quadrant 2 wins this season. The Gamecocks are undefeated in Q4 and Q5 contests.
- Carolina is 2-5 in SEC road games this season, with wins at Georgia and Florida.
- Silva's 15.3 points per game lead Carolina in league contests this season. Booker adds 12.8 per outing and Myers provides 9.4.
- Silva is averaging 13.4 points and 8.6 rebounds in SEC road contests. He is also a combined 50-of-62 (80.6%) at the line in road league games.
- Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar pulled down a season high nine rebounds in the win vs. Georgia on Wednesday, including a career high, seven on the offensive glass. Kotsar averages 4.5 rebounds per game in league action this season.
- 10 different Gamecocks average at least 10.4 minutes per game, and six average 20+ minutes per game.
- In the SEC statistics (overall games), Carolina is fifth in scoring defense (67.8 ppg), seventh in rebound margin (+3.0) and fifth in turnovers margin (+1.9).
- Mississippi State is 20-8 on the year and 8-7 in SEC contests. The Bulldogs have won two straight, a home win vs. Ole Miss and a 93-81 decision at Texas A&M on Tuesday.
- Ben Howland is in his third season at MSU.
- The Weatherspoon brothers pace MSU with Quindarry averaging 14.8 per game, and younger brother, Nick adding 11.2 per outing.
- In SEC games, The duo averages 15.3, and 11.6, respectively, to lead the team.
- Mississippi State is 17-1 at home this season and 6-1 in SEC home games, with its lone loss coming in a 76-68 decision vs. Auburn on Jan. 13.
- Sophomore guard Lamar Peters ranks fifth in the SEC (overall games) with 4.2 assists per game. He is also fifth in strictly SEC games with 4.5 per outing.
- In the SEC stats (overall games), Mississippi State is third in scoring defense (67.1 ppg), second in scoring margin (+8.3), sixth in rebound margin (+3.6), fourth in blocked shots (5.3) and in steals (6.6).
- MSU leads the all-time series vs. South Carolina, 20-14.
- The Bulldogs own a 10-4 advantage in games played in Starkville.
- Carolina won last season's meeting at Humphrey Coliseum, 77-73, behind 28 points from then-senior Sindarius Thornwell.
- South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday for Senior Night vs. LSU. The meeting will be the first between the two schools this season. Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) will have the call for the 6:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network broadcast.
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