NCAAB Game Recap - George Washington at South Carolina
Sun Dec 1, 2019 2:00 PM EST

MD
84
Marq
63
F
Wake
66
Ariz
73
F
LaSal
72
Vill
83
F
TexAM
62
Fairf
67
F
Mercer
66
Canis
76
F
N DA
56
Campbl
58
F
Maine
40
UConn
64
F
CenCT
71
UMassL
73
F
LongB
79
Penn
95
F
South
65
Tul
82
F
URI
81
WVU
86
F
(N/A)
57
SacHr
101
F
GrgWas
65
SCar
74
F
MD-ES
45
Ford
66
F
Hof
91
HolyC
69
F
Mont
63
NM
72
F
Vermt
52
Yale
65
F
JackSt
52
AF
76
F
Charl
56
UCF
77
F
UNCW
54
Stan
72
F
S UT
51
LoyMa
61
F
SIU
60
StLou
69
F
Temp
66
David
53
F
Niag
65
Norf
61
F
UtVal
61
ColSt
92
F
GaSo
72
FlGlf
57
F
BethC
65
GaTec
68
F
IL-C
70
FlAtl
71
F
PorSt
76
OrSt
81
F
Bingha
65
LoyMD
77
F
Prov
80
Pepp
77
F
Harv
62
USC
77
F
SJSU
64
UCLA
93
F
NebOm
66
StMar
75
F
InWor
56
Portl
65
F
USD
61
StBon
70
F
(N/A)
41
HI
58
F
Tows
Corn
Canc

Dec 1, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

George Washington (3-5)

23

42

65

South Carolina (5-3)

35

39

74

Kotsar leads South Carolina past George Washington
Sun Dec 1, 2019 5:32 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Maik Kotsar is confident, and South Carolina loves it.

The senior forward and four-year starter was in double figures for the fifth straight game on Sunday, leading the Gamecocks to a 74-65 win over George Washington.

South Carolina (5-3) broke a two-game losing streak after Kotsar scored a team-high 17 points, with nine rebounds, two blocks and a rare slam dunk.

"There were moments last year that I didn't know how to help him," coach Frank Martin said. "He was great defensively but would shrink on offense."

The only returning player from South Carolina's 2016-17 Final Four team, Kotsar was often lost inside his own head last year. One missed shot would turn into 30 missed shots.

"As a senior, I feel like I need to be there for the team every night," Kotsar said. "I'm feeling more confident, the guys are helping me out with that, like whenever I miss a shot, they're still there to support me."

Kotsar, despite his 6-foot-11 height, often doesn't dunk, preferring a soft layup. But he's done it twice this year, putting the Colonials (3-5) to bed with a steal and breakaway with less than a minute to go.

"We look to Maik as our leader, on and off the court. When he's playing well, it kind of sets the tone for the whole team," said Jair Bolden, who scored 12 points. "I'd give (his dunk) an 8. He can do better. But definitely a passing grade."

The Gamecocks also received 14 points from A.J. Lawson and 12 from Jermaine Couisnard, surviving a 12-turnover performance that led to 14 George Washington points. The Colonials scored the game's first basket, but South Carolina had the next 17 points, digging a hole too deep for George Washington to get out of.

Yet the Colonials never went away with Jamison Battle splashing six 3-pointers as the Gamecocks constantly lost him on switches. But Kotsar, who only missed one of his nine field-goal attempts, was always there for a tender hook shot.

"I couldn't be happier for him," Martin said. "I want him to stay aggressive. And we need him, we need him to keep doing what he's doing."

BIG PICTURE

George Washington: The Colonials had a two-game win streak snapped after losing three before it. Their 3-point shooting, normally a strength, deserted them against the Gamecocks as they were a mere 8 of 36.

South Carolina: After dropping two in a row and three of four, the Gamecocks needed to win . and have a solvent offense. The Gamecocks had four in double figures while Justin Minaya scored eight points.

PLAY SHEET

A George Washington staffer would occasionally hold up a large cardboard sign that said, "The Turkey Hunt." Coach Jamion Christian explained it was to motivate the Colonials' defense.

"We get three stops in a row, we call it a turkey," Christian said. "Five stops is a monster, 10 is a Godzilla. It's been a metric that's helped our team defense."

HE SAID IT

Martin didn't see the energy he wants from his team the past four games.

"It's just like my children, I really love them. That don't mean they don't piss me off on a regular basis. My team right now, is aggravating me, for three weeks. Yesterday, there was a desire to do things right that we haven't had in a while."

UP NEXT

George Washington: The Colonials host Boston on Wednesday to start a four-game homestand, although they will take a two-week break for exams in between.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks tip off at Massachusetts on Wednesday in the return game of a 2017 matchup. The two-game series was also tied into the UMass football team visiting South Carolina in 2016.

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Leaders

George Washington PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Offurum 0 0 1 1 0 0
J. Williams 0 0 0 1 0 0
South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. McCreary 0 0 0 2 0 0
T. Hannibal 0 0 1 1 0 0

Team Comparison

GrgWas SCar
Points For 65 74
Field Goals 23/69-33% 30/57-53%
Three Pointers 8/36-22% 3/14-21%
Free Throws 11/15-73% 11/18-61%
Offensive Rebounds 12 11
Defensive Rebounds 20 35
Rebounds 35 50
Blocks 3 6
Steals 7 1
Turnovers 4 12
Personal Fouls 15 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 1 GrgWas 65 @ SCar 74 S. Walker Jr. 2 A. Frink 2

Game Information

Stadium: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 9,843
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