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Booker's late 3s power South Carolina to 64-57 win over Dogs

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) South Carolina made only six second-half shots from the field while struggling with its worst shooting of the season.

The good news for the Gamecocks is two of those shots were important late 3-pointers by Frank Booker.

Booker scored 17 and South Carolina withstood Georgia's strong second-half start to beat the Bulldogs 64-57 on Saturday.

South Carolina (11-6, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) overcame a season-low 27.1 percent shooting from the field. Chris Silva scored 14 points and Hassani Gravett had 11 as the Gamecocks took their first SEC road win.

A short jumper by Georgia's Yante Maten provided the last tie at 49-all. Booker answered with a quick 3-pointer to yank momentum back from the Bulldogs.

''They had some momentum,'' Booker said. ''They tied the game back up and had their crowd back into it. That 3 kind of deflated their crowd and helped us get a little more energy and momentum on defense.''

Booker sank another 3 with 1:22 remaining.

The Gamecocks outrebounded Georgia, 46-42, and had fewer turnovers, 14-7, to help make up for their poor shooting.

''To me, I call it South Carolina basketball,'' Silva said. ''We were not shooting well but we rely on defense and being aggressive.''

There were three ties but Georgia (11-5, 2-3) never led while suffering its first home loss of the season after eight wins. It was the Bulldogs' second straight loss.

Maten led the Bulldogs with 25 points but had too little scoring help, especially from Georgia's other frontline starters. Derek Ogbeide and freshman Rayshaun Hammonds combined for only three points.

Georgia made only 18 of 28 free throws.

''We anticipated it would be a slugfest and when you have a game like that you have to rebound and make free throws and we didn't do that,'' said Georgia coach Mark Fox.

Powered by two early 3-pointers from Evan Hinson, South Carolina took a 9-2 lead.

Georgia pulled even with a 10-2 run to open the second half. Juwan Parker, who had 11 points, was fouled while making a baseline jumper. Parker's free throw left the score 39-all, the first tie since 2-2.

The Gamecocks regrouped to prevent Georgia from taking the lead. A 3-pointer by Gravett and a basket by Justin Manaya gave South Carolina a 49-43 advantage.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The Gamecocks made an impressive recovery from a 76-62 loss at Alabama on Tuesday night. It was their second straight win in Athens. They won 67-61 at Georgia last season. ... The two early 3s by Hinson and eight points in the first half set career high for a game. He was averaging only 2.7 points per game and had never made more than one 3-pointer in a game. He finished with eight points. ... The Gamecocks made 26 of 35 free throws, helping to compensate for the poor field-goal shooting.

Georgia: The Bulldogs' two straight losses have put them behind in the SEC race and in their hopes to show they deserve a spot in the NCAA tournament. They were hurt by the lack of scoring balance, especially on the front line. The Gamecocks shut down Ogbeide and Hammonds in the first 20 minutes. Each missed his only shot from the field in the half and was scoreless.

COLLISION COURSE

About midway through the second half, Maten crashed into Fox while chasing a loose ball. Fox was knocked back on the sideline, leaving his legs sticking straight up in the air, but he was not hurt and slapped Maten on the back while sending the senior back onto the court.

BIG CHEER

Georgia fans cheered loudly when football coach Kirby Smart was shown on the video board watching the game from the stands with one of his children. It was the first home basketball game for the Bulldogs since the football team's loss to Alabama in the national championship game on Monday night.

UP NEXT

South Carolina: Hosts No. 21 Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Georgia: At Louisiana State on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
M. Kotsar
Y. Maten
32.3 Min. Per Game 32.3
19.3 Pts. Per Game 19.3
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
8.9 Reb. Per Game 8.9
45.3 Field Goal % 48.6
18.8 Three Point % 37.8
42.9 Free Throw % 83.0
  Out of bounds turnover on William Jackson II 7.0
  Offensive rebound by Georgia 9.0
  William Jackson II missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
+ 1 Frank Booker made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
  Frank Booker missed 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
  Personal foul on William Jackson II 17.0
+ 3 Yante Maten made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Teshaun Hightower 20.0
+ 1 Hassani Gravett made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
  Hassani Gravett missed 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Harris 27.0
+ 1 Teshaun Hightower made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
Team Stats
Points 64 57
Field Goals 16-59 (27.1%) 18-51 (35.3%)
3-Pointers 6-24 (25.0%) 3-12 (25.0%)
Free Throws 26-35 (74.3%) 18-28 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 46 43
Offensive 12 9
Defensive 26 27
Team 8 7
Assists 9 8
Steals 3 4
Blocks 3 9
Turnovers 6 14
Fouls 24 23
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
25 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo South Carolina 11-6 372764
home team logo Georgia 11-5 292857
Team Stats
away team logo South Carolina 11-6 70.1 PPG 40.6 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo Georgia 11-5 68.1 PPG 42.5 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
5
F. Booker G 12.7 PPG 3.5 RPG 1.2 APG 43.3 FG%
00
Y. Maten F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
F. Booker G 17 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
Y. Maten F 25 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
27.1 FG% 35.3
25.0 3PT FG% 25.0
74.3 FT% 64.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Silva 35 14 9 4 0 2 1 3 3/10 0/1 8/10 4 5
E. Hinson 19 8 2 0 1 0 1 1 2/7 2/3 2/4 0 2
W. Myers 29 6 3 0 0 1 2 4 1/4 0/1 4/6 0 3
M. Kotsar 24 2 5 0 0 0 1 5 1/10 0/1 0/0 3 2
J. Minaya 14 2 4 2 0 0 0 3 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Silva 35 14 9 4 0 2 1 3 3/10 0/1 8/10 4 5
E. Hinson 19 8 2 0 1 0 1 1 2/7 2/3 2/4 0 2
W. Myers 29 6 3 0 0 1 2 4 1/4 0/1 4/6 0 3
M. Kotsar 24 2 5 0 0 0 1 5 1/10 0/1 0/0 3 2
J. Minaya 14 2 4 2 0 0 0 3 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
F. Booker 25 17 7 1 1 0 0 3 5/9 2/5 5/7 2 5
H. Gravett 27 11 3 2 1 0 1 0 2/5 2/5 5/6 0 3
D. Beatty 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 2/2 0 1
F. Haase 20 2 4 0 0 0 0 3 1/8 0/6 0/0 1 3
J. Cudd 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Holden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Corchiani - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Gueye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Schmitt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Famouke Doumbia - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 64 38 9 3 3 6 24 16/59 6/24 26/35 12 26
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Y. Maten 38 25 8 1 2 4 1 2 8/14 1/3 8/10 4 4
W. Jackson II 35 9 2 2 0 0 5 3 3/15 1/7 2/4 0 2
D. Ogbeide 30 3 10 1 0 3 1 2 1/3 0/0 1/3 1 9
E. Wilridge 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Hammonds 36 0 7 1 0 1 2 3 0/4 0/0 0/0 1 6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Y. Maten 38 25 8 1 2 4 1 2 8/14 1/3 8/10 4 4
W. Jackson II 35 9 2 2 0 0 5 3 3/15 1/7 2/4 0 2
D. Ogbeide 30 3 10 1 0 3 1 2 1/3 0/0 1/3 1 9
E. Wilridge 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Hammonds 36 0 7 1 0 1 2 3 0/4 0/0 0/0 1 6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Parker 25 11 1 0 0 0 1 1 3/6 1/1 4/4 0 1
M. Edwards 8 3 5 0 1 0 1 3 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 3
J. Harris 16 3 2 1 1 0 1 5 1/5 0/1 1/3 1 1
T. Hightower 6 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/1 0/0 1/2 0 1
T. Crump 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
N. Claxton 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. O'Neill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Diatta - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Kante - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 57 36 8 4 9 14 23 18/51 3/12 18/28 9 27