Gamecocks survive scare from Chants at the buzzer

Former Gamecock-turned-Chanticleer Jaylen Shaw missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Coastal Carolina fell to South Carolina 80-78 on Saturday in Columbia.

With CCU holding a 78-77, USC’s Hassanie Gravett scored a basket and was fouled with 6.5 seconds left in the game to give USC the two-point victory. CCU had one last shot to win the game, but a 3-point attempt from Shaw missed the mark and the potential-tying putback was late to secure the Gamecocks’ victory.

Demario Beck scored a game-high 20 points. Shaw, who transferred to CCU from USC,  joined Beck in double digits with 17 points and Ajay Sanders added a career-high 14 and Zac Cuthbertson scored 11.

It was a game where CCU outplayed the larger Gamecocks in every aspect of the game. CCU had 33 rebounds compared to 31 for USC, outscored USC off turnovers, 16-11; had more points in the paint (28-24); scored more second chance points (14-10); more fast break points (7-2) and the CCU bench outscored USC’s bench 33-18.

The only area USC had better numbers, which turned out to be the difference in the game was at the free throw line. The Gamecocks were able to get to the free throw line more than CCU and attempted 31 free throws compared to 13 for CCU and that includes out shooting CCU 12-0 in the second half alone. USC hit 22 of those and CCU did a good job knocking down 10 of its attempts (77 %).

USC had three double-digit scorers led by Frank Booker’s 19. Chris Silva added 15 and Justin Minaya scored 11. CCU shot 46 percent (29-63) from the field and hit 42 percent of its threes (10-24) to go along with the 77 percent free throw shooting.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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