NCAAB Game Recap - Cleveland State at South Carolina
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:00 PM EST

GASt
63
Duke
74
F
Monm
57
Kansas
112
F
GWebb
61
UNC
77
F
Gonz
79
TexAM
49
F
NCAT
54
UtSt
81
F
MOSt
56
Xav
59
F
CSNor
70
Aub
116
F
TxSt
63
Baylor
72
F
(N/A)
66
BGSU
88
F
Ida
68
VMI
67
F
(N/A)
51
CSBak
91
F
How
65
RobM
85
F
Dart
55
(N/A)
46
F
MTSt
59
App
56
F
(N/A)
69
Hof
111
F
TexPA
70
NDSt
76
F
S Wes
61
Furm
83
F
(N/A)
42
BethC
100
F
Jacksn
80
UMassL
78
F
Marsh
64
ND
74
F
TNTec
30
UNCG
64
F
Lipsco
36
Duques
58
F
Copp
69
NIU
81
F
W MI
58
Miss
85
F
LynSt
67
Bry
116
F
(N/A)
53
Longw
78
F
Hamp
65
W&M
78
F
SthAL
72
Chat
90
F
Clev
63
SCar
90
F
WVU
68
Pitt
53
F
Elon
50
Mich
70
F
DelSt
66
UGA
100
F
Radf
73
GaSo
76
F
WCU
74
FlaSt
79
F
W Ky
79
E KY
71
F
NCC
47
Akr
57
F
Alab
79
URI
93
F
FlGlf
68
Mercer
84
F
TXSo
69
SDak
88
F
(N/A)
32
NoAZ
105
F
UMKC
52
WIMil
61
F
PVAM
56
Tex
70
F
YSU
61
ULLa
73
F
MtStM
61
Lamar
76
F
Oral
74
Iowa
87
F
UtVal
66
UAB
55
F
UCDav
67
ArkSt
80
F
Stony
68
TXAMC
63
F
BYU
72
Hou
71
F
Minn
69
Utah
73
F
(N/A)
57
UTEP
71
F
UCIrv
69
Bois
60
F
SDSt
73
Nebras
90
F
(N/A)
45
CAPoly
89
F
CBap
62
Cal
82
F
UCRiv
49
Sac
62
F
UNLV
54
UCLA
71
F
PorSt
75
HI
83
F

Nov 15, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Cleveland State (1-3)

40

23

63

South Carolina (3-0)

45

45

90

Lawson leads South Carolina past Cleveland State 90-63
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:26 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) AJ Lawson had a slow start to what many consider his last season in college. He’s glad he finally got to have the impact he wanted in South Carolina’s latest win.

Lawson scored a career-high 28 points and helped the Gamecocks take off on an 18-2 start to the second half as they rolled past Cleveland State 90-63 on Friday night.

Lawson, the 6-foot-6 sophomore, went through the NBA draft process last spring before deciding to come back to South Carolina. He’s projected by some as a late first-round pick in next year’s draft, yet had only scored 20 points combined in the Gamecocks first two contests.

In this one, Lawson displayed the talent that have him on draft boards at the next level.

“I was being very aggressive with the ball, attacking, trying to get to the free throw line,” Lawson said. “Trying to get layups, trying to shoot the ball. It was nice.”

Lawson made sure to finish, too. He was 12 of 13 from the foul line along with adding four assists and a steal as the Gamecocks opened 3-0 for the first time since their Final Four season of 2016-17.

South Carolina let a 17-point first half lead slip to 45-40 at the break. That didn’t sit well with coach Frank Martin, who emphasized the need for additional energy and relentlessness if they hoped to win.

Asked about the second half change, Maik Kotsar smiled and said, “Frank talked to us.”

The results came immediately.

Lawson had a 3-pointer and a three-point play in the half’s first two minutes to extend the lead over Cleveland State (1-3), which fell to 2-7 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference.

Alanzo Frink had the first double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds, both career-bests for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina seemed to have this locked up early, taking a 33-16 lead on TJ Moss’s 3-pointer with 10:16 left in the opening half. But the Vikings rallied and outscored the Gamecocks 24-8 the rest of the period.

Cleveland State played smart and efficient in the opening half, steadily moving the ball around and waiting for the open shot. The Vikings made 14 of 25 attempts (56%) and clawed their way back in it despite 12 turnovers in the period.

Tre Gomillion led Cleveland State with 18 points while Algevon Eichelberger had 13, all but two coming in the first half.

Kotsar, a senior who played on the Final Four team, had a career high 12 rebounds for the Gamecocks.

BIG PICTURE

Cleveland State: The Vikings have a difficult road to start the season. They’ve lost at Minnesota, Missouri State and South Carolina and next play a four-team tournament in Washington D.C.

South Carolina: Gamecocks coach Frank Martin must’ve had a rousing halftime speech with the effect it had on his players. South Carolina outscored Cleveland State 35-14 the first 15 minutes and played with an intensity throughout the period.

MIDDLE MEN

Martin was hopeful that post players Frink, Kotsar and Wildens Leveque are finding their way to playing the way the Gamecocks need. The three combined for 28 points and 24 rebounds and showed some toughness down low. “I’m excited for what our big guys can become,” Martin said. “But we’ve got to get more on offense” from them.

LONG ROAD

First-year Cleveland State coach Dennis Gates said the team’s early travel will pay dividends the rest of the season. There are 11 newcomers for the Vikings, tying them for fifth most in Division I. But Gates said the road trips have led to solid team-bonding time. “It means we can have a meal without cellphones,” he said, laughing.

UP NEXT

Cleveland State plays Florida International on Tuesday night in Washington D.C. as part of the Battle For The Capital event.

South Carolina plays the fourth of five straight home games to start the season when it meets Boston U on Tuesday night.

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Leaders

Cleveland State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Eskandari 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Williams 0 0 2 2 1 1
South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Nelson 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McCreary 0 0 0 2 0 3

Team Comparison

Clev SCar
Points For 63 90
Field Goals 20/51-39% 31/82-38%
Three Pointers 2/11-18% 8/25-32%
Free Throws 21/27-78% 20/31-65%
Offensive Rebounds 10 26
Defensive Rebounds 31 21
Rebounds 46 50
Blocks 5 5
Steals 5 14
Turnovers 29 10
Personal Fouls 29 20
Technical Fouls 0 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - SCar Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 15 Clev 63 @ SCar 90 C. Beaudion 2 M. Henry 1

Game Information

Stadium: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 10,083
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