Clemson edges Gamecocks in back-and-forth contest

clemhoops-14No. 22/20 South Carolina (9-2) fell at home Wednesday night to Clemson (9-2), 62-60, giving the Tigers the season sweep over the rival Gamecocks in football and men’s basketball.

Colonial Life Arena was electric from the start and to the finish as the game went down to the wire. The Gamecocks led 54-52 at the final media timeout with 3:32 remaining. Dozier made a tough, second-effort bucket to put Carolina up three, but Blossomgame made a tip in on the ensuing possession to bring the Tigers back within one. Head coach Frank Martin then took a timeout with 1:14 left, his team up 58-57.

Two free throws by Marcquise Reed put Clemson up 59-58 with 52 seconds left. Carolina got two 3-point looks, but senior Justin McKie and Gravett’s shots just missed and the Gamecocks were forced to foul with 20.3 seconds left. Avry Holmes hit both to put the Tigers up three before PJ Dozier then was fouled with 9.8 seconds left and hit both to bring Carolina within one at 61-60.

Holmes was fouled again with 9.2 on the game clock. He made the first and missed the second, but the Gamecocks were unable to convert on the opposite end and the Tigers held on for the 62-60 victory.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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