Gamecocks Down Tigers, 76-64
COLUMBIA, SC -- South Carolina did in basketball what they have been unable to do in football, snap a losing streak against Clemson. Tony Kitchings had a career-high 23 points as the Gamecocks defeated in-state rival Clemson Saturday night 76-64 for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
Clemson managed to take the lead once the entire game, shortly after the beginning of the second half. South Carolina, however, put the game away with a 25-11 run over the next eight minutes.
I thought they did an excellent job playing with emotion,” said Clemson head coach Shyatt. “They knew how they wanted to get the ball to Kitchings. He used good power getting his body into position. It's a area we'll have to pay attention to quickly.”
Adam Allenspach had one of the best games of his career with 15 points and 15 rebounds, but it was not enough to keep the Tigers in the game. Will Soloman stuggled with 13 points on 4-of-16 shooting. Solomon did, however, break the Clemson record of 36 consecutive games with at least 10 points which he had shared with Vince Yockel.
The Gamecocks started on fire making five of its first eight shots and took an early 19-8 lead.
“Our guys did a heck of a job not coming out at the top of their game,” said Shyatt. “They had everything they wanted at 19-8, but we went with our young guys and we cut into the lead. And in the second half, it was almost a repeat performance.”
Unlike last year's game,when the coaches had a shouting match after the game, both Coach Shyatt and Coach Fogler shook hands prior to the game. The Tigers will take the week off for exams and next face Wofford on December 16.