NCAAB Game Recap - Stetson at South Carolina
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:00 PM EST

Detr
72
Gonz
93
F
JackSt
57
Baylor
83
F
Tul
73
Mem
84
F
Xav
62
Vill
68
F
NFla
59
Dayt
77
F
Canis
79
Pitt
87
F
(N/A)
57
UMBC
89
F
Hof
75
Tows
67
F
Dart
56
UNH
70
F
Wilbe
52
MiaO
119
F
(N/A)
53
E MI
88
F
Stetsn
63
SCar
56
F
HuTil
77
PVAM
92
F
(N/A)
78
DelSt
76
F
(N/A)
63
NCC
108
F
(N/A)
53
GASt
83
F
UTRGV
72
Okla
91
F
SCSt
58
Jacksn
52
F
YSU
70
IL-C
64
F
WIGB
73
NoKY
59
F
Clev
82
IUPUI
80
F
WIMil
70
WriSt
82
F
(N/A)
49
Rut
94
F
Yale
67
UNC
70
F
NE
88
JMU
72
F
Penn
81
How
62
F
APSU
48
UGA
78
F
Copp
56
Ford
62
F
W&M
74
Elon
73
F
UNCW
66
Drex
71
F
Charl
75
Del
63
F
Albany
67
Colum
66
F
StBon
79
Buff
84
F
UMass
79
Akr
85
F
David
71
Vand
76
F
LoyIL
66
Valpa
63
F
TXSo
55
TexAM
58
F
HiPt
58
Tex
89
F
LaTec
80
SoMis
49
F
ChiSt
33
Mizzu
91
F
Kent
68
MisSt
96
F
SIU
56
IndSt
68
F
Seton
74
DeP
66
F
GMas
53
TCU
87
F
Harv
84
USF
81
F(OT)
Ida
68
Web
69
F
NoAZ
61
MTSt
63
F
Sac
50
Mont
52
F
E WA
69
IdaSt
75
F
S UT
83
PorSt
81
F

Dec 30, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Stetson (6-9)

33

30

63

South Carolina (8-5)

26

30

56

Jones' 18 leads Stetson to 63-56 upset of South Carolina
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:40 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Christiaan Jones thought one day he might play for South Carolina. Instead, the Stetson junior handed his hometown school one of its most disappointing losses.

Jones, born in Columbia and a high school teammate of Gamecocks coach Frank Martin's son, scored 18 points to lead the Hatters to their first win over an Southeastern Conference program in 15 years with a 63-56 victory on Monday.

Jones first came to South Carolina basketball camp as an 8-year-old. As a high schooler, he spent time at the Martin household as he and Brandon Martin played and excelled at Cardinal Newman.

“I wouldn't say it was a dream, but it's something I thought about," Jones said about playing close to home. “At the end of the day, I'm where I need to be."

And Stetson's sure glad to have the steady 6-foot-5 guard.

Jones hit two 3-pointers and was 10-of-13 on free throws on the way to Stetson ending a four-game losing streak and beating its first SEC foe since defeating Georgia 56-52 on Dec. 29, 2004.

“I've been on both ends of this before," said Donnie Jones, Stetson's first-year coach who was assistant at Florida on two national championship squads in 2006 and 2007.

“We were just hoping if we could hang around and get lucky down the stretch, it would be an incredible win," he said.

South Carolina had one such moment last time out, toppling defending national champ Virginia on the road. The Gamecocks hoped to carry some momentum forward in their final non-conference game this year.

“It shouldn't have happened. It really shouldn't," said forward Maik Kotsar, who led South Carolina with 11 points.

South Carolina cut the Hatters' 13-point second-half lead to 51-49 after Justin Minaya's 3-pointer with 5:22 to play.

But Kenny Aninye hit two foul shots and Jahlil Rawley a 3-pointer to extend Stetson's edge. The Gamecocks could not respond.

As disappointed as Martin was at his players, he was equally excited for Stetson's coach and his son's former teammate. Martin spent time after the game catching up with Jones' family.

“I thought (Christiaan) deserved to play on this court before he graduated," Martin said.

South Carolina had the past eight days off since stunning Virginia - and it showed.

The Gamecocks missed seven of eight shots as the Hatters took off on a 16-6 run midway through the opening half for a 28-19 lead.

Rawley began the surge with a basket, Rob Perry scored five points in the run and Jones hit two foul shots for the Hatters' large lead.

South Carolina's two double-digit scorers coming in, AJ Lawson and Jair Bolden, were held to a combined eight points on 3-of-11 shooting.

THE BIG PICTURE

Stetson: The Hatters hadn't played like a team capable of taking down a Power Five opponent. But the steadiness Stetson showed could serve them well with Atlantic Sun Conference play set to open later this week.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks certainly stubbed their toe in a big way in what figured to be a final tune up for SEC play. Instead, South Carolina must re-figure its rotation and best decide how to use its best player, Lawson, who played just 13 minutes.

LOST LAWSON

South Carolina's Martin was asked about Lawson's lack of minutes and answered, “Would you have played him after seeing how he played?” earlier. Lawson is a 6-6 sophomore is some project as a first-round NBA draft pick.

His performance, though, has been inconsistent. He was instrumental in victories over Clemson and Virginia earlier this month, combining for 34 points. He was 2-of-10 shooting in a home loss to Houston three weeks ago.

NEW STREAK

Stetson's 15-year run of at least one 3-pointer in a game ended last time out with an 0-17 showing from long range in a loss to Florida International. The Hatters quickly got a new one going on Rob Perry's first of three threes less than six minutes in. Stetson was 7-of-17 from behind the arc against South Carolina.

UP NEXT

Stetson starts Atlantic Sun Conference play at home against Lipscomb on Thursday night.

South Carolina begins SEC play at home against Florida on Jan. 7.

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Leaders

Stetson PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Crutchfield 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Gouety 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Bolden 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Kotsar 11 0 1 4 3 0

Team Comparison

Stetsn SCar
Points For 63 56
Field Goals 16/45-36% 20/54-37%
Three Pointers 7/17-41% 4/19-21%
Free Throws 24/36-67% 12/24-50%
Offensive Rebounds 9 13
Defensive Rebounds 25 26
Rebounds 36 42
Blocks 2 4
Steals 7 6
Turnovers 14 15
Personal Fouls 22 27
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Dec 30 Stetsn 63 @ SCar 56 W. Panzo 1 A. Frink 2

Game Information

Stadium: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 10,985
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