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South Carolina makes 11 3s, upsets No. 20 Florida 77-72

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) South Carolina has two resume-boosting wins in the last eight days.

The latest one might be even bigger than the first, which came against Kentucky .

Wesley Myers scored a season-high 22 points, Chris Silva added another double-double and the Gamecocks upset No. 20 Florida 77-72 on Wednesday night.

''It just shows how good we can be,'' Myers said.

Silva finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds - his fifth double-double of the season - as South Carolina won the Elite Eight rematch from last year's NCAA Tournament.

The Gamecocks knocked off the Gators in that one thanks to 42 points in the paint. Coach Frank Martin's team won this one from the 3-point line.

South Carolina (13-7, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) hit 11 of 21 shots from beyond the arc, matching its most 3s all season. Myers was 5 of 7 from 3-point range, taking advantage of the league's worst team at defending the 3.

The Gators (14-6, 6-2) led by 11 in the first half and were up 48-39 early in the second. But they had no answer for Myers outside and Silva down low.

''(Wes) and Chris have been the two reasons why we've been able to really improve as a team,'' Martin said. ''Chris has decided to just say, `The heck with everything. I'm not letting this happen anymore,' and he's taking ownership. And Wes has grown up a lot.''

Frank Booker sealed the victory by hitting four free throws in the final 40 seconds.

Florida lost for just the second time in its last 10 games. The Gators returned to the rankings this week for the first time in more than a month, but might have a short stay in the Top 25 poll .

Egor Koulechov and Jalen Hudson led Florida with 16 points apiece. KeVaughn Allen added 15 for the Gators, who shot 6 of 23 from 3-point range.

''We've just got to be better,'' Koulechov said. ''We can't be a roller-coaster team. Until we lock in and have the same focus every single week, it's going to keep being up and down.''

Florida had a great chance to tie the game with two minutes to play, but Koulechov turned the ball over while fighting with a teammate for a rebound and then coughing it up as he fell out of bounds. Silva sank a jumper a few seconds later to make it 73-68.

''Every mistake we made, they made us pay for it,'' Florida coach Mike White said.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The Gamecocks earned their first road victory against a ranked team since upsetting then-No. 8 Texas A&M on Feb. 6, 2016. It's the kind of win that will help significantly when the NCAA Tournament selection committee meets in March.

Florida: Gators center John Egbunu took part in pregame warmups for the first time this season, a positive step in his return from reconstructive knee surgery. Egbunu missed the final 10 games last year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He began non-contact practice last week and could be a huge help in the post for the Gators when he returns.

HINSON HURT

South Carolina guard Evan Hinson, also a tight end on the football team, left the game with what appeared to be cramping in his right leg midway through the second half. Hinson had to be helped to the bench for treatment and did not return. The sophomore was playing well before the injury, having tied a career high with eight points.

UP NEXT

South Carolina: Hosts No. 14 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.

Florida: Hosts Baylor in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.

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Key Players
H. Gravett
2 G
C. Chiozza
31.6 Min. Per Game 31.6
12.3 Pts. Per Game 12.3
6.1 Ast. Per Game 6.1
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
37.3 Field Goal % 43.8
27.5 Three Point % 37.9
66.0 Free Throw % 90.5
  Defensive rebound by Maik Kotsar 8.0
  Chris Chiozza missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
+ 1 Frank Booker made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
+ 1 Frank Booker made 1st of 2 free throws 20.0
  Personal foul on Jalen Hudson 20.0
+ 2 Kevarrius Hayes made layup 32.0
+ 1 Frank Booker made 2nd of 2 free throws 39.0
+ 1 Frank Booker made 1st of 2 free throws 39.0
  Personal foul on Mike Okauru 39.0
+ 1 Chris Chiozza made 2nd of 2 free throws 47.0
+ 1 Chris Chiozza made 1st of 2 free throws 47.0
Team Stats
Points 77 72
Field Goals 24-55 (43.6%) 24-56 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 11-21 (52.4%) 6-23 (26.1%)
Free Throws 18-22 (81.8%) 18-23 (78.3%)
Total Rebounds 34 34
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 21 21
Team 5 7
Assists 14 10
Steals 7 4
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 9 12
Fouls 19 17
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
16 PTS, 8 REB
12T
away team logo South Carolina 13-7 393877
home team logo 20 Florida 14-6 373572
Team Stats
away team logo South Carolina 13-7 70.1 PPG 40.6 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo 20 Florida 14-6 75.8 PPG 38.2 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
15
W. Myers G 7.8 PPG 2.5 RPG 1.7 APG 38.0 FG%
3
J. Hudson G 15.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 1.1 APG 45.5 FG%
Top Scorers
W. Myers G 22 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
J. Hudson G 16 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
43.6 FG% 42.9
52.4 3PT FG% 26.1
81.8 FT% 78.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
W. Myers 34 22 1 4 4 0 2 2 8/15 5/7 1/2 0 1
C. Silva 28 18 12 0 1 1 1 4 5/9 0/0 8/9 4 8
M. Kotsar 22 9 6 4 0 1 1 4 3/6 1/1 2/2 2 4
E. Hinson 17 8 2 1 1 1 1 2 3/6 2/4 0/0 0 2
J. Minaya 23 6 1 2 0 0 2 1 2/5 2/3 0/0 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
W. Myers 34 22 1 4 4 0 2 2 8/15 5/7 1/2 0 1
C. Silva 28 18 12 0 1 1 1 4 5/9 0/0 8/9 4 8
M. Kotsar 22 9 6 4 0 1 1 4 3/6 1/1 2/2 2 4
E. Hinson 17 8 2 1 1 1 1 2 3/6 2/4 0/0 0 2
J. Minaya 23 6 1 2 0 0 2 1 2/5 2/3 0/0 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
F. Booker 15 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/2 4/4 0 1
F. Haase 25 5 3 2 1 0 0 1 1/4 0/2 3/4 0 3
H. Gravett 19 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/4 0/1 0/1 1 0
K. Gueye 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
D. Beatty 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 0
J. Cudd 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
K. Holden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Corchiani - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Schmitt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Famouke Doumbia - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 77 29 14 7 4 9 19 24/55 11/21 18/22 8 21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Koulechov 34 16 8 0 1 0 3 1 6/11 1/4 3/3 1 7
K. Allen 33 15 0 0 0 0 4 1 5/15 3/9 2/3 0 0
C. Chiozza 30 10 3 8 0 0 1 4 2/7 0/2 6/6 0 3
K. Hayes 21 4 7 0 1 0 0 3 2/5 0/0 0/0 4 3
K. Stone 22 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1/3 0/2 0/2 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Koulechov 34 16 8 0 1 0 3 1 6/11 1/4 3/3 1 7
K. Allen 33 15 0 0 0 0 4 1 5/15 3/9 2/3 0 0
C. Chiozza 30 10 3 8 0 0 1 4 2/7 0/2 6/6 0 3
K. Hayes 21 4 7 0 1 0 0 3 2/5 0/0 0/0 4 3
K. Stone 22 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1/3 0/2 0/2 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Hudson 31 16 3 1 1 0 3 3 6/12 2/6 2/2 0 3
D. Bassett 13 9 1 0 0 1 0 1 2/2 0/0 5/7 0 1
G. Gak 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
D. Ballard 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1
M. Okauru 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Egbunu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Stokes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Fava - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Krause - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 72 27 10 4 3 12 17 24/56 6/23 18/23 6 21