Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in Conway

South Carolina’s debut in the Puerto Rico Classic at the HTC Center in Conway was less than impressive. The Gamecocks (3-1) made it up for it Friday with an 80-56 victory over UTEP.

South Carolina’s Chris Silva tallied a team-high 15 points and South Carolina had a dominating first-half performance to beat UTEP 80-56 in Friday’s consolation bracket of the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Freshman Justin Minaya scored a career-high 14 points. Maik Kotsar (14) and Kory Holden (11) also scored in double figures for the Gamecocks, who built a 50-24 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way.

South Carolina will play Western Michigan in the fifth-place game at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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