Boxscore
Tennessee St. 64, South Carolina 63
Sunday, November 20, 2011 6:00 PM
Location - The Colonial Center Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Officials - Sean Casady, Bill Covington, Ryan Tyburksi
Attendance - 9045

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Tennessee St. 33 31 64
South Carolina 19 44 63

Recap


Robert Covington scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds and visiting Tennessee State hung on for a 64-63 upset of South Carolina.
 
Patrick Miller added 11 points for the Tigers (2-2), who led by as many as 22 points in the second half before South Carolina staged a furious rally. The Gamecocks shot 52 percent in the second half (17-of-33) after managing just five field goals in the opening 20 minutes.
 
Eric Smith’s fifth 3-pointer pulled South Carolina to within 64-62 with 1:11 to play. R.J. Slawson had a chance to tie the game after being fouled with seven seconds left, but his second free throw rattled out.
 
Smith finished with a career-high 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to help the Gamecocks (1-2) avoid a second straight demoralizing loss. South Carolina, picked to finish last in the SEC, was stunned by Elon on Tuesday.
 
The Gamecocks were among the worst offensive teams in the nation last season, and their shooting woes have been intensified by the absence of their leading returning scorer -- point guard Bruce Ellington, who chose to play football this season. They were held to 23 percent (5-of-21) shooting in the first half and trailed 33-19 at the break.

Tennessee St. Tigers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Patrick Miller 32:00 4-8 1-1 2-5 0 1 1 6 3 3 2 0 11
Robert Covington 37:00 5-12 3-7 3-4 1 8 9 3 2 1 1 0 16
Kenny Moore 22:00 2-7 0-3 3-6 0 4 4 2 2 1 1 0 7
Wil Peters 34:00 3-7 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 3 4 0 8
M.J. Rhett 15:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 1 1 0 0
Kharon Butcher 15:00 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 3
Michael Green 7:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0
Jordan Cyphers 16:00 3-7 3-5 3-4 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 12
Kellen Thornton 18:00 3-3 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 1 5 0 1 0 7
Muniru Bawa 4:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-47 10-22 12-21 3 20 23 15 23 9 13 1 64
  44.7% 45.5% 57.1% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 13

South Carolina Gamecocks

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Anthony Gill 21:00 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 2
Damien Leonard 24:00 1-5 1-5 2-4 1 0 1 2 3 2 2 0 5
Brian Richardson 16:00 0-8 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0
Lakeem Jackson 26:00 5-6 0-0 2-4 0 2 2 3 1 0 4 0 12
R.J. Slawson 28:00 3-7 0-2 4-6 3 3 6 0 3 1 2 1 10
Eric Smith 18:00 6-10 5-7 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 0 4 0 18
Brenton Williams 2:00 0-1 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Malik Cooke 36:00 4-12 1-6 1-2 1 5 6 2 4 2 4 3 10
Carlton Geathers 13:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0
Damontre Harris 16:00 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 7 7 0 2 0 0 2 5
TOTAL 200 22-55 7-26 12-20 8 21 29 13 21 5 16 7 63
  40.0% 26.9% 60.0% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 16
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