Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin claimed his 100th victory with the Gamecocks on the Grand Strand on Sunday, defeating Western Michigan 79-66 in the fifth-place game of the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off at the HTC Center in Conway.

South Carolina was led by Wesley Myers and Chris Silva with 14 points apiece, many coming during a key 14-point run by the Gamecocks (4-1).

Clinging to a 35-34 at halftime, South Carolina went on a 17-1 burst and held Western Michigan without a basket for more than 8 minutes during the stretch.

The Gamecocks took a commanding 57-40 margin on Kory Holden’s 3-pointer with 10:02 left. South Carolina led by double figures from there.

It was the second time the Gamecocks had beaten the Broncos this week. They won 78-60 at home Monday, then won in Conway after the tournament was relocated due to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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