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Nov. 27, 2009

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BLOG: Spurs Up Keys to the Game


Coach Horn

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Devan Downey scored 17 of his 34 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes to lead South Carolina over Jacksonville 97-93 on Friday night.

Despite playing for the first time in four years without Dominique Archie, who injured his knee Sunday in a loss to Miami, the Gamecocks (5-1) won the highest-scoring game in Colonial Life Arena’s nine-year history.

Travis Cohn gave Jacksonville (0-3) a 75-74 lead before Downey and Brandis Raley-Ross, who had a season-high 18 points, took control. Downey hit two free throws to give South Carolina the lead, then added a layup on the next possession before Raley-Ross hit a free throw.

Downey then hit a jumper, two free throws, and a pull-up 3-pointer to give the Gamecocks an 86-78 lead with just under 2 minutes remaining.

Raley-Ross hit a lay-up before Downey made two more foul shots.

Ben Smith led the Dolphins with 31 points.

South Carolina Game Notes
– The win improves South Carolina’s overall record vs. schools from the Atlantic Sun to 25-6. The Gamecocks now own a 3-1 record in the all-time series vs. Jacksonville.
Devan Downey led the Gamecocks with 34 points, three points shy of matching his career high, which he set last season with 37 points – a Colonial Life Arena record – vs. Clemson.
– The contest marked Downey’s fourth-career 30-point scoring game at South Carolina.
– The Gamecocks conclude the month of November with a 5-1 overall record. South Carolina now owns a 73-25 all-time record in the 11th month of the year.
– Senior guard Brandis Raley-Ross made his first start of the season vs. Jacksonville. He finished with a season-high 18 points and just two points shy of matching his career high.
– South Carolina is now 19-1 under head coach Darrin Horn when collecting at least nine steals in a contest. Freshman forward Lakeem Jackson and junior forward Sam Muldrow led Carolina with two steals each vs. Jacksonville.

Team Stats Comparison
Points 97 93
FG Made-Attempted 35-61 (57.4%) 31-62 (50%)
3P Made-Attempted 6-12 (50%) 7-13 (53.8%)
FT Made-Attempted 21-30 (70%) 24-27 (88.9%)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 23 (0)
Game Leaders
South Carolina Jacksonville
Points D. Downey 34 B. Smith 31
Rebounds S. Muldrow 8 A. Hardy 7
Assists L. Jackson 2 B. Smith 7
Steals Jackson/Muldrow 2 B. Smith 4
Blocks Jackson/Muldrow 2 Three players with 1
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