NCAAB Game Recap - South Carolina at Virginia
Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:00 PM EST

SCar
70
UVA
59
F
Ball
64
Wash
85
F
StPet
69
LIU
58
F
Manh
51
Hof
63
F
Colum
71
Colg
89
F
AlSt
69
APSU
80
F
SacHr
89
HolyC
68
F
IPFW
59
IaSt
89
F
StFPA
78
W&M
72
F
Lafy
44
Rut
63
F
UNH
62
UConn
88
F
(N/A)
46
NJIT
74
F
DelSt
62
StFNY
81
F
Marsh
80
NrthIA
88
F
Woff
83
KennSt
70
F
FlInt
83
Stetsn
67
F
MD-ES
52
OlDom
76
F
ChiSt
64
IndSt
85
F
Harv
60
How
55
F
Corn
76
Hartfo
80
F
HBU
88
NM
107
F
UAB
77
Duques
68
F
Hou
81
Portl
56
F
NMSt
58
MisSt
52
F
David
59
LoyIL
56
F
Radf
73
Rich
58
F
CS-Ful
46
LoyMa
53
F
Charl
56
ECU
60
F
Yale
54
Clem
45
F
UMKC
78
SDak
75
F
PVAM
55
Seton
75
F
Xav
67
TCU
59
F
(N/A)
50
UCSB
68
F
UCRiv
80
SJSU
65
F
GaTec
74
Bois
60
F
(N/A)
50
CSNor
85
F
Citad
63
NCSU
83
F
FlAtl
65
Mercer
50
F
MsVl
66
CBU
103
F
UTEP
63
HI
67
F

Dec 22, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

South Carolina (8-4)

33

37

70

(9) Virginia (9-2)

24

35

59

Bolden leads South Carolina past No. 9 Virginia, 70-59
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:25 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Jair Bolden made an early 3-pointer for South Carolina and drew a charge a short time later and paused, staring a Virginia player down after the play.

It was a product of Bolden being excited to be playing against No. 9 Virginia, the defending national champion, and on national television, coach Frank Martin said, but it didn't sit well with the Gamecocks coach at all.

"I don't coach that. I'm not going to condone that. It's not about us individually. It's about us doing our jobs so we can all have success together," Martin said, surmizing that offering him a spot on the bench got his attention.

Gamecocks assistants also helped and "just got him refocused and he came back in and that was never a part of ... the rest of the game either. I don't know why he did that. That's why I took him out," Martin said.

When Bolden came back in, he ignited the Gamecocks, scoring 15 of his season-high 22 points before halftime in a 70-59 victory against the Cavaliers.

"One of the things that excites us is when we play against teams that are good opponents, and we've been playing great teams," Bolden said, adding that Martin's glare was "scary, even though he's on our side. You learn from it."

Virginia coach Tony Bennett wishes his team had learned from Bolden's early shooting display. He was 6 for 9 by halftime with a trio of 3-pointers.

"I thought he had too many uncontested or open window shots," Bennett said.

The biggest one may have been the first one.

"When he jumped up and made that 3 early in he game, it gave our guys some life," Martin said, and the Gamecocks raced to an early 13-5 advantage.

A.J. Lawson had 10 of his 14 points in the second half and Justin Minaya had 10 of his 12 after the break for the Gamecocks (8-4). They led 23-11, saw Virginia pull even at 45 with just over 11 minutes to play and promptly scored 12 of the next 17 points. The Cavaliers never got closer than five the rest of the way.

Martin called a timeout in the middle of a 13-3 run by Virginia that pulled them even, but watched as the Cavaliers closed the gap, letting his team figure it out.

"I'm sitting on the bench saying, `Wow! That's pretty neat,"' he said of seeing them respond. Maik Kotsar started it with an inside basket, Keyshawn Bryant also scored and Lawson hit a free throw. After the Cavaliers closed it back to 51-50, Lawson hit a pair of free throws and Minaya and Bolden scored.

"We had stretches of solid basketball, but not enough," Bennett said.

Mamadi Diakite scored a career-high 21 points to lead Virginia (9-2). The Cavaliers had a season-high 19 turnovers, leading to 23 Gamecocks points. South Carolina shot 55.1%, connecting on 27 of 49 attempts.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: Bolden finished 8 for 13 from the field and 4 for 6 from beyond the arc. Minaya was 5 for 9 and Lawson was 5 fo 12. The Gamecocks had a 23-13 edge in points off turnovers and a 16-6 edge in fast break points.

Virginia: Ball security has become an issue for the Cavaliers, especially in the person of sophomore point guard Kihei Clark, who committed six (of the team's 11) turnovers in a victory against Stony Brook and seven more against the Gamecocks. "At times we beat ourselves," Bennett said.

UP NEXT

The Gamecocks have some time off before facing Stetson on Dec. 30 at home.

Virginia faces Navy at John Paul Jones Arena next Sunday.

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Leaders

South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Moss 0 0 0 0 0 0
W. Leveque 0 0 1 2 0 0
Virginia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
F. Caffaro 0 0 0 1 0 0
M. Diakite 21 0 0 5 2 2

Team Comparison

SCar UVA
Points For 70 59
Field Goals 27/49-55% 18/41-44%
Three Pointers 6/17-35% 6/18-33%
Free Throws 10/14-71% 17/22-77%
Offensive Rebounds 6 7
Defensive Rebounds 18 19
Rebounds 25 27
Blocks 2 4
Steals 14 6
Turnovers 13 19
Personal Fouls 20 16
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 22 SCar 70 @ UVA 59 M. Kotsar 4 T. Woldetensae 3

Game Information

Stadium: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
Attendance: 14,409
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