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    SEC Men's Basketball Roundup: Sunday, November 24

    South Carolina 84, Florida International 72
    Texas A&M 79, Sam Houston State 62
    Nebraska 73, Georgia 65


    Gamecocks Defeat FIU, 84-72

    COLUMBIA, S.C -- Trailing at the half, South Carolina (2-2) put on the defensive clamps in the second half as they defeated FIU (6-3), 84-72, at Colonial Life Arena this afternoon as four Gamecocks scored in double figures for the second time this season.

    Junior Tyrone Johnson matched his season high with 18 points and recorded seven assists, while freshmen Jaylen Shaw and Demetrius Henry had career days with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Shaw went 4-7 from 3-point range. Senior guard Brenton Williams also chipped in 16 points as well.

    After forward Rakeem Buckles hit a 3-pointer in opening minute from the right side to give FIU 3-1 lead, the Gamecocks answered with six points over next two minutes to take a four point lead and force the Panthers to call a timeout. FIU guard Jason Boswell cut the deficit to one though with a 3 out of the timeout.

    After a long jumper from Buckles gave FIU an 11-9 lead at the 13:56 mark, Shaw responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to give Carolina a 15-11.

    The Panthers though scored six points over in a minute to knot it up at 17-17, but Johnson hit a three for Carolina just before the under-12 media timeout to give the Gamecocks a 20-17 lead.

    After a 3 from Williams for the Gamecocks out of a 30-second timeout at the 10:11 mark, the Panthers went on an 8-0 run in less than two minutes to take a 27-23 lead.

    Carolina was able to equalize at 31-31 with 4:39 remaining in the half after Johnson split the defense and hit a floater with seconds left on the shot clock after pulling the ball back out with under 10 on the clock.

    The Gamecocks grabbed a 34-33 lead with 3:10 left after Williams found Shaw in the right corner for his third 3-pointer of the half. Johnson then found sophomore forward Michael Carrera in the same spot minutes later to give the Gamecocks a four-point advantage with under two minutes in the half.

    FIU was able to take a one-point lead with 27 seconds left, before Tymell Murphy went the length of the court in the final seconds and laid it in at the buzzer to give the Panthers a 42-39 lead at the break. The Panther guard recorded 13 of his game-high 22 points in the first half.

    Both teams shot well throughout the half, going above their season averages in the opening half with South Carolina shooting 16-31 (51.6 percent) from the floor, while FIU shot 14-25 (56 percent) form the field and hit 11-13 (84.6 percent) from the free throw line.

    With the two teams trading points throughout the early going in the second half that saw three lead changes, a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Mindaugas Kacinas tied the game up at 51-51 at the 15-minute mark. Following a missed jumper from Murphy, freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell found an open Shaw on the right side for his fourth 3 of the game, forcing FIU to call a timeout.

    Out of the timeout, Williams stole the ball from Mavin Dennis before finding Shaw for a lay-in at the other end to give the Gamecocks a 56-51 lead with 12:03 remaining. The bucket capped a 9-2 run for Carolina.

    After a lay-up by Dennis cut South Carolina’s lead to three, Williams hit his second 3-pointer of the game to extend the lead to six. The Panthers answered back though with a pair of 3s over the next two minutes from Dominique Williams and Murphy to cut the Gamecocks lead to 65-61 with 8:24 remaining.

    Thornwell ended a three-minute drought with a jumper at the 5:24 mark, which extended South Carolina’s lead to six after both teams turned up the defensive pressure. With just under four minutes remaining, Williams turned Murphy over in the backcourt and took it in for a one-handed dunk to push the lead to 69-61.

    After Marco Porcher Jiminez cut South Carolina’s lead to four with under two minutes to play, Johnson scored five points over the next minute, going 5-6 from free throw line to push the lead to nine.

    The Gamecocks hit eight free throws over the final minute and Thornwell added a dunk with seconds remaining to give South Carolina the 84-72 win. The 84 points was the most scored this season by the Gamecocks.

    South Carolina held FIU to just 10-25 (27.3 percent) from the field in the second half after the Panthers shot over 55 percent during the first 20 minutes. The Gamecocks shot 30-59 (50.8 percent) from the field for the game, and hit a season-high 8-19 (42.1 percent) from the beyond on arc.

    Along with Henry, Johnson, Shaw and Williams who were in double figures, Kacinas recorded nine points and nine rebounds.

    South Carolina will be off until Dec. 6 when the team travels to Stillwater, Okla., to face No. 7/9 Oklahoma State. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m., ET and will be televised on ESPNU.

    A&M Goes to 5-0, Drops Bearkats 79-62

    COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Antwan Space scored 12 points and Fabyon Harris added 10 as Texas A&M cruised to a 79-62 win over Sam Houston State.

    Eleven different Aggies scored during the win, with 35 of the team’s 79 points coming from non-starters.

    The Aggies shot 57.1 percent (28-of-49) from the floor against the Bearkats, marking the third time in five games this season that A&M has shot better that 50 percent.

    A&M outscored SHSU 24-7 during the first seven minutes of the second half to build a 26-point lead at 58-32 … The Aggies’ advantage swelled to as many as 31 with 5:35 to play.

    Texas A&M owned a 41-29 advantage in the rebounding column, its best margin on the boards this season.

    SHSU was held to season-low 62 points; its previous low-water mark on the scoreboard was 77 points in a win over Texas-Pan American on Nov. 8 as the Bearkats came into the game averaging 99.8 points per contest.

    The Aggies used an 11-2 run just before the end of the first half to open a double-digit lead at 34-21.

    The Aggies are back in action on their home court Tuesday evening when they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff … the game will be televised by FSN and is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m.

    Georgia Falls to Nebraska, 73-65

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Georgia men’s basketball team fell short against Nebraska, losing 73-65 Sunday in its final game of the Charleston Classic.

    Charles Mann paced Georgia (1-4) offensively with 16 points. Brandon Morris also contributed a career-high 14 points. Donte’ Williams led the Bulldogs on the glass with 12 rebounds

    “We’re just not good enough yet,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We’re not complete enough to beat good teams. We left a lot of points at the foul line tonight in a critical time late in the second half. When you do that, you have to be perfect at the other end and we’re not good enough defensively or on the glass to be perfect down there.

    “I’m disappointed in our results here. There’s no way to hide the fact that we haven’t gotten it done with this group yet, but they’re going to continue to grow and improve. Now we can go back to work. We just weren’t ready to play really good teams and we played four in a row and now we’ve got to get better.”

    Georgia negated Nebraska’s (4-2) first half run by holding the Cornhuskers scoreless during a 7-0 run of its own to end the half enter the locker room down only three, 34-31.

    Just minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs capped a 5-0 run and took a 40-38 lead with a Marcus Thornton three-pointer. Both teams traded baskets, before Nebraska got hot and rushed to a 59-54 lead with five minutes remaining in the game. The Bulldogs pulled within four after a Djurisic three-pointer with four minutes remaining, but the Cornhusker defense only allowed one more Bulldog field goal and shot 4-of-6 from the charity stripe in the game’s final two minutes to seal the victory.

    Terran Petteway led the way for the Cornhuskers with 15 points. He was one of four Nebraska players to score in double-figures.

    Georgia will return home to square off with Appalachian State on Friday. The game will tip-off at 5 p.m. and can be seen on CSS. For ticket information, go to