The South Carolina Gamecocks are aiming to extend their winning streak to three games when they host cross-town foe Division II Allen University on Tuesday in Columbia.
South Carolina (7-2) rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit for a 66-65 win over Florida State on Sunday.
Devin Carter had 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while James Reese added 13 points with three 3-pointers and Wildens Leveque had 10 points.
The Gamecocks’ seventh win of the season is one more than they had all of last season, when they went 6-15. South Carolina brought in nine new players this season.
South Carolina outrebounded the Seminoles 41-33 and dominated them inside, outscoring them 38-20 in the paint. The Gamecocks missed half of their 20 free throws against the Seminoles, and their morale would be a lot different if Florida State’s Malik Osborne hadn’t missed a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.
“This win feels like it could be the turning point to our season,” Reese said. “Florida State is a great team, and this could be the turning point and there will be no looking back after this one.”
The Gamecocks were without Jermaine Couisnard, who averages a team-high 12.1 points per-game, for the second time in the past three games due to injuries. His status for Tuesday is uncertain.
Erik Stevenson averages 11.4 points and four rebounds per-game to go along with a team-high 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks per game, with Leveque averaging 10.3 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per-game. Reese averages 9.6 points and Carter adds 8.1 points per-game.
“It’s fun to be around a team who are a bunch of selfless guys,” South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. “They want to win.”
Allen (0-8), which is also located in Columbia, S.C., is coming off a 79-43 loss against host Miles College (7-3) in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game on Monday in Fairfield, Ala.
Anthony Baker Jr. scored 15 points on 7-for-15 shooting and was the only Yellow Jacket who finished in double figures. Shawn Jones added seven points and Andre Baker added six points and a team-high five assists.
–Field Level Media