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South Carolina Fends Off East Carolina, 68-62
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South Carolina Fends Off East Carolina, 68-62

South Carolina Athletics

Victory is first true road win of season for 8-1 Gamecocks and first win in Greenville, N.C. since 1988

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Meechie Johnson and Myles Stute scored 15 points apiece and South Carolina held on to beat East Carolina 68-62 on Saturday.

B.J. Mack added 13 points for the Gamecocks (8-1) which shot 43.8% (21 for 48 overall). Johnson, Stute and Mack combined to make 14 of the team’s 21-made baskets.

RJ Felton scored 15 points, Ezra Ausar and Bobby Pettiford Jr. scored 14 points apiece and Brandon Johnson 10 for East Carolina (6-4).

Mack’s 3-pointer with 1:22 left gave South Carolina a 62-60 lead and it never trailed again. Pettiford tied it after an ECU timeout before Mack made 1 of 2 foul shots with 37 seconds left for a 63-62 advantage. On its next possession, Ausar lost control of the ball underneath the basket and it went out of bounds. Ta’Lon Cooper made 1 of 2 fouls shots on South Carolina’s next possession for a two-point lead. ECU’s Pettiford turned it over on the Pirates next possession and Davis sank two foul shots with four seconds left for the final margin.

East Carolina rallied from a 35-28 halftime deficit and outscored the Gamecocks 12-3 and took its first lead at 40-38 on Ausar’s soft layin in the lane.

The Gamecocks turned an 11-10 lead into a 23-12 margin with 3-pointers coming from Davis, two from Cooper and Morris Ugusuk with each make off an assist as South Carolina worked the ball around the perimeter to counter the Pirates’ 2/3 zone.


East Carolina responded with a 12-3 run pushing the pace to get within 26-24 with 3:27 before halftime, but South Carolina outscored the Pirates 9-4 and went to intermission up 35-28.

Saturday marked the first time the Pirates had welcomed a Southeastern Conference opponent to Minges Coliseum since 2002 when ECU beat Ole Miss, 65-58.

The Gamecocks hadn’t visited Minges Coliseum since Jan. 13, 1988, when South Carolina defeated ECU 78-51. The Pirates now are 2/3 in home games against South Carolina.


  • South Carolina made their final five free throws over the last 18 seconds to secure their eighth victory of the season. Graduate guard Ta’Lon Cooper went (3-for-3) and sophomore guard Zachary Davis went (2-for-2) over the final five seconds.


  • Junior guards Meechie Johnson and Myles Stute each had 15 points, leading the Gamecocks in scoring. The duo shot a combined 58.8 percent (10-for-17) from the field, including four triples. It marks Johnson’s eighth double-figure scoring game of the year and Stute’s sixth of the season.
  • Johnson scored 13 of his 15 points in the final 14:13 of the second half.
  • Carolina is 6-0 this season in games where Stute scores in double figures.
  • Three Gamecocks scored in double figures: Johnson (15), Stute (15), and B.J. Mack (13). Mack also led Carolina with eight rebounds, his third game this season leading the team in rebounding.
  • Junior guard Jacobi Wright led the Garnet and Black with three assists to just one turnover.
  • The win marks Lamont Paris’s first career win over ECU and the first for the Gamecocks in Greenville since a 78-51 win on Jan. 13, 1988.
  • The victory also marks Carolina’s first true road win of the season. Carolina’s first true road game was earlier this week at in-state rival No. 20/24 Clemson to a sold-out, 9,000-person crowd at Littlejohn Coliseum.


The Gamecocks (8-1) are off from games during the week before getting back on the court against Charleston Southern (3-5) at home on Saturday, Dec. 16. It’ll be a doubleheader with the top-ranked women’s team playing first against Presbyterian, followed by the Gamecocks and Bucs at 6 p.m. Dave Weinstein and John Williams will be on the call for SEC Network+.