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South Carolina uses big run to outlast SC Upstate 65-52

South Carolina used a 20-0 run to get and stay ahead of SC Upstate in a 65-52 season-opening win Tuesday at Colonial Life Arena.

The Gamecocks, featuring reigning SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year Chris Silva and nine newcomers, struggled to play consistently on each end of the floor. Upstate, playing without star Deion Holmes, didn't score for over 10 minutes in the first half as a quick 9-2 lead vanished.

South Carolina freshman Keyshawn Bryant had a fabulous debut with a game-high 21 points, the first two coming on a soaring one-handed dunk that ignited the home crowd. The Gamecocks used the energy and the Spartans' lengthy scoreless drought to take a lead they wouldn't lose.

Upstate was led by 16 points from Malik Moore and 13 from Everette Hammond.

South Carolina got 13 points from Silva, with 11 boards. Guard Hassani Gravett had 12 rebounds.

The Gamecocks were 0 of 18 from the 3-point line and missed 10 of 37 free throws. The teams combined for 41 turnovers.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The Gamecocks only dressed nine players due to injury and other matters, and survived after losing their exhibition game to Division II Augusta. They at least showed they can handle adversity.

USC Upstate: First-year coach Dave Dickerson found out how hard it may be the first month with Holmes sidelined. Dickerson announced earlier Tuesday that Holmes broke his hand and won't return until after Thanksgiving.

UP NEXT

South Carolina: Begins the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament with a home game against Stony Brook on Friday.

USC Upstate: Hosts Brevard in its home opener on Saturday before playing four straight games away from Spartanburg. ?

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Dalvin White missed layup, blocked by Hassani Gravett 4.0
+ 1 Keyshawn Bryant made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
  Keyshawn Bryant missed 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Malik Moore 11.0
  Lost ball turnover on Dalvin White, stolen by Justin Minaya 15.0
+ 1 Keyshawn Bryant made free throw 22.0
  Personal foul on Malik Moore 22.0
+ 2 Keyshawn Bryant made layup 22.0
+ 3 Everette Hammond made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dalvin White 34.0
  Offensive rebound by Dalvin White 34.0
  Thomas Booker missed 3-pt. jump shot 36.0
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo SC Upstate 0-1 223052
home team logo South Carolina 1-0 303565
Team Stats
away team logo SC Upstate 0-1 67.8 PPG 36 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo South Carolina 1-0 72.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.9 APG
Key Players
0
M. Moore 15.8 PPG 6.9 RPG 2.3 APG 45.9 FG%
30
C. Silva 15.2 PPG 7.6 RPG 0.9 APG 50.8 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB