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NCAA Game Summary - South Carolina vs. Saint Mary's-CA



(Sunday, December 22nd)

Final Score: South Carolina 78, Saint Mary's-CA 71

Honolulu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyrone Johnson scored 16 points, leading four players in double figures, as the South Carolina Gamecocks stunned the Saint Mary's-CA Gaels, 78-71, in the opening round of the annual Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Sindariou Thornwell accounted for 13 points for the Gamecocks (3-5), followed by Laimon Chatkevicius and Duane Notice with 12 and 11 points, respectively, as they snapped a three-game slide.

The Gaels (9-1) were paced by Brad Waldow with a game-high 20 points, while Beau Levesque tallied 15 points and a team-best eight rebounds. Stephen Holt tacked on 14 points and six assists and James Walker III another 13 points in the setback.

SMC appeared to be out of sync in the first half, trailing by as many as 12 points in the period as it shot just 9-of-31 (.290) from the floor, en route to a 33-27 deficit at the break.

The Gaels suffered their lowest-scoring first half of the season as Waldow failed to register a single made field goal through the first 20 minutes of play.

In the second half SMC picked up the pace with 56.5 percent accuracy from the floor, as well as 15-of-17 at the free-throw line, but at the same time South Carolina was hitting on a sizzling 61.5 percent from the floor in order to seal the unlikely win.

Saint Mary's finished the meeting 7-of-19 behind the 3-point line and was outscored in the paint by a 40-28 margin as well. It also didn't help the Gaels that their reserves were outscored by the USC backups, 26-5.

With the victory the Gamecocks will now take on Boise State in the semifinal round of the tournament on Monday.

12/23 03:39:06 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
Final
TAM 4
MIN 6
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
Final
NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
Final
LOS 5
PHI 2
12:05pm Today
CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
SAN 92
DAL 113
Final
HOU 105
POR 112
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
Final
DAL 4
ANA 2
Final
CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR