Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Sindarius Thornwell shot 6-of-11 from the
field and 9-of-10 at the foul line for 22 points, as the South Carolina
Gamecocks edged the Alabama Crimson Tide, 67-66, in an SEC showdown at
Colonial Life Arena.
Brenton Williams added 10 points for South Carolina (10-15, 3-9 SEC), which
has won back-to-back games.
For Alabama (10-15, 4-8), losers of five of its last six, Trevor Releford
paced all scorers with 27 points on 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 9-of-10 from
the charity stripe. Shannon Hale and Rodney Cooper both netted 11 points for
South Carolina took a comfortable 28-19 lead at halftime by shooting 44
percent from the field in the opening stanza while holding Alabama to a mere
25 percent shooting.
The Gamecocks' lead swelled to as many as 12 in the second half, but the Tide
battled back and held a four-point lead with under four minutes to play
following a Releford 3-pointer. After the teams traded a few leads down the
stretch, South Carolina snapped a 63-63 tie with 14 seconds left on a
Mindaugas Kacinas bucket and held on from there.
South Carolina doubled up Alabama on points in the paint, 32-16.
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