Appalachian St 69

(2-8, 0-1 Southern)

South Carolina 74

(7-3, 5-2 home)

    5:00 PM ET, December 19, 2012

    Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina

    1 2 T
    APP 35 3469
    SCAR 37 3774

    Top Performers

    Appalachian St: M. Neal 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    South Carolina: M. Kacinas 12 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

    South Carolina 74, Appalachian St. 69

    Associated Press

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lakeem Jackson scored a season-high 16 points to help South Carolina pull away late for a 74-69 victory over Appalachian State Wednesday night.

    Appalachian State pulled within two points on a layup by Jay Canty with 21 seconds remaining, but Eric Smith connected on one free throw for the Gamecocks (7-3) and LaShay Page sank two with 4 seconds remaining to seal the win.

    Jackson and Page combined for nine of South Carolina's final 16 points, beginning with seven straight to start a 9-0 run that broke open a tight game.

    Page, who was scoreless until that point, began the run with a three-point play and two free throws to give South Carolina a 63-58 lead with 4:19 remaining. Jackson and Mindaugas Kacinas added layups to end the run.

    Page scored seven points in the final 4:42.

    Appalachian State kept chipping away and had a chance to tie but Nathan Healy missed a 3-pointer that could have forced overtime.

    The Mountaineers (2-8) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but used a 15-5 run to take their first lead, 35-34, on a fast-break basket by Canty with 28 seconds left. Bruce Ellington gave South Carolina a 37-35 halftime lead on his 3-pointer with 7 seconds remaining.

    Kacinas, who made his first career start, recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Brenton Williams chipped in 11 points, and Eric Smith had a career-high nine assists.

    Tevin Baskin, Mike Neal and Canty each scored 16 points to lead the Mountaineers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 69 74
    FG Made-Attempted 23-63 (.365) 28-61 (.459)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-14 (.286) 5-15 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-22 (.864) 13-19 (.684)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 11

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