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Wyoming comes back in second half to beat South Carolina

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Wyoming rattled a young South Carolina team with a stingy defense for a much-needed win on its home court.

Senior Justin James scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out five assists as Wyoming came back in the second half to beat the Gamecocks 73-64 Wednesday night.

James scored 15 of his points in the second half to help Wyoming (3-6) overcome a 37-33 halftime deficit. The Cowboys opened the second half with a 17-4 run thanks to a defense that forced nine turnovers in the first 6-plus minutes and extended their lead to as many as 12 points. The Gamecocks could get no closer than two possessions the rest of the game.

''Tonight I told our guys I thought this was a very smart performance by us, and I thought we did a great job adjusting a little bit on the fly defensively and offensively,'' Wyoming coach Allen Edwards said.

Jake Hendricks contributed 16 points, and TJ Taylor 11 for Wyoming, which made 10 of 20 3-pointers on the night.

''We got open shots, really wide open shots, because we were moving the ball so well. None of us rushed shots. We all made sure we had good balanced shots and when we're open like that they're a lot easier to make,'' Hendricks, who was 5-of-8 from 3-point range, said.

Edwards said Wyoming entered the game needing to improve on defense while on offense ''JJ did what JJ does, and I thought they lost Jake a couple of times and he made them pay shooting the basketball.''

South Carolina (4-4) was led by A.J. Lawson's 15 points and nine rebounds. Chris Silva had 11 points and eight rebounds. The Gamecocks, who started three freshmen, converted just 3 of 20 of their 3-point attempts.

''Our freshmen got rattled in the second half today, they froze,'' South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. ''But that's where your upper classmen have to lead, have to show the way, have to give courage for your freshmen to win. And we were impacted by missing shots today, we stopped defending. And you do that on the road and Justin James, he's that kind of a player, he'll take over the game and makes you pay for it.''

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina loses a game that is the longest distance it's traveled in the regular season schedule. The Gamecocks travel no farther than Oklahoma State later in January the rest of the season.

Wyoming improved to 2-3 on its home court so far this season. In 37 years of play at Arena-Auditorium, the Cowboys have won 74.7 percent of their games.

''We got to defend home court a lot more,'' Hendricks said. ''Tonight was a big win, proving that we can do that, and we have to do it more consistently now.''

MENTOR MARTIN

Martin coached Wyoming's Edwards at Miami Senior High School before Edwards went on to play at Kentucky.

UP NEXT

South Carolina stays on the road with a game Saturday at No. 5 Michigan, the first game this season the Gamecocks will have faced at Top 25 team.

Wyoming is off until Tuesday when it plays host to Denver.

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Key Players
A. Lawson
J. James
37.8 Min. Per Game 37.8
24.9 Pts. Per Game 24.9
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
9.8 Reb. Per Game 9.8
39.0 Field Goal % 43.9
28.2 Three Point % 31.4
54.3 Free Throw % 79.1
  Defensive rebound by Trevon Taylor 12.0
  T.J. Moss missed jump shot 14.0
+ 1 Justin James made 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
+ 1 Justin James made 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on T.J. Moss 25.0
+ 1 Chris Silva made 2nd of 2 free throws 26.0
+ 1 Chris Silva made 1st of 2 free throws 26.0
  Shooting foul on Trevon Taylor 26.0
  Offensive rebound by Chris Silva 28.0
  T.J. Moss missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
+ 1 Nyaires Redding made 2nd of 2 free throws 40.0
Team Stats
Points 64 73
Field Goals 22-66 (33.3%) 21-48 (43.8%)
3-Pointers 3-20 (15.0%) 10-20 (50.0%)
Free Throws 17-20 (85.0%) 21-28 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 43 31
Offensive 8 0
Defensive 29 29
Team 6 2
Assists 13 14
Steals 6 7
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 16 14
Fouls 23 20
Technicals 0 1
15 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo South Carolina 4-4 372764
home team logo Wyoming 3-6 334073
Team Stats
away team logo South Carolina 4-4 72.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo Wyoming 3-6 65.8 PPG 34.1 RPG 10.3 APG
Key Players
00
A. Lawson G 13.4 PPG 4.3 RPG 2.9 APG 41.1 FG%
1
J. James G 22.1 PPG 8.5 RPG 4.4 APG 40.9 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Lawson G 15 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
J. James G 20 PTS 12 REB 5 AST
33.3 FG% 43.8
15.0 3PT FG% 50.0
85.0 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Lawson 15 9 1 5/16 2/9 3/3 2 31 1 1 6 2 7
C. Silva 11 8 2 3/14 0/2 5/8 2 36 3 3 1 3 5
T. Moss 7 2 4 3/7 1/4 0/0 2 32 0 0 4 0 2
M. Kotsar 6 5 1 3/6 0/1 0/0 4 17 0 0 0 1 4
K. Bryant 6 4 1 2/7 0/1 2/2 5 16 0 1 0 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Lawson 15 9 1 5/16 2/9 3/3 2 31 1 1 6 2 7
C. Silva 11 8 2 3/14 0/2 5/8 2 36 3 3 1 3 5
T. Moss 7 2 4 3/7 1/4 0/0 2 32 0 0 4 0 2
M. Kotsar 6 5 1 3/6 0/1 0/0 4 17 0 0 0 1 4
K. Bryant 6 4 1 2/7 0/1 2/2 5 16 0 1 0 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Haase 8 2 1 3/8 0/0 2/2 3 25 0 0 2 0 2
T. Campbell 5 5 1 1/3 0/2 3/3 2 19 2 0 0 1 4
A. Frink 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 1 0
H. Gravett 2 1 2 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 18 0 0 2 0 1
E. Hinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cudd - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Minaya - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Nelson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Couisnard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 37 13 22/66 3/20 17/20 23 200 6 5 16 8 29
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. James 20 12 5 6/10 2/2 6/6 3 31 1 0 5 0 12
J. Hendricks 16 3 0 5/8 5/8 1/2 1 34 2 0 0 0 3
N. Redding 9 1 0 1/2 0/0 7/8 0 25 0 0 0 0 1
H. Maldonado 9 5 4 3/11 2/4 1/3 3 37 3 1 3 0 5
H. Thompson 6 4 3 2/10 1/5 1/1 5 30 0 1 3 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. James 20 12 5 6/10 2/2 6/6 3 31 1 0 5 0 12
J. Hendricks 16 3 0 5/8 5/8 1/2 1 34 2 0 0 0 3
N. Redding 9 1 0 1/2 0/0 7/8 0 25 0 0 0 0 1
H. Maldonado 9 5 4 3/11 2/4 1/3 3 37 3 1 3 0 5
H. Thompson 6 4 3 2/10 1/5 1/1 5 30 0 1 3 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Taylor 11 4 1 3/4 0/0 5/8 3 29 1 0 2 0 4
B. Porter 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 5 8 0 0 1 0 0
A. Banks 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
J. Naughton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Mueller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Belt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Dung - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 29 14 21/48 10/20 21/28 20 200 7 2 14 0 29