NCAAB Game Recap - South Carolina at Tennessee
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:00 PM EST

Gonz
87
LoyMa
62
F
Wake
59
Duke
90
F
Baylor
67
Kansas
55
F
UGA
60
Aub
82
F
Bois
65
SDSU
83
F
AzSt
69
Oreg
78
F
OhSt
54
Ind
66
F
Lou
67
ND
64
F
Alab
67
KY
76
F
UMass
60
Dayt
88
F
GTown
66
Vill
80
F
TxTch
54
WVU
66
F
Syr
63
UVA
55
F(OT)
Wisc
58
PSU
49
F
Tul
65
Temp
51
F
Cin
68
UCF
54
F
Rut
51
Ill
54
F
DeP
67
StJon
74
F
SCar
55
Tenn
56
F
Merrim
62
RobM
94
F
BGSU
83
Ohio
74
F
Vermt
74
UMBC
50
F
Lafy
65
LoyMD
62
F
Army
59
Boston
81
F
SMU
68
ECU
71
F
NCC
66
DelSt
68
F
OkSt
40
TCU
52
F
Detr
67
YSU
69
F
Crei
77
Xav
65
F
Charl
56
W&M
67
F
NCSU
58
VaTec
72
F
URI
65
VACom
56
F
Del
68
Tows
84
F
Samf
67
Chat
105
F
Ford
44
StBon
64
F
Campbl
63
Radf
68
F
GMas
76
LaSal
63
F
IlSt
52
IndSt
65
F
ULMo
62
GASt
84
F
HolyC
60
Buck
75
F
StJos
83
David
89
F(OT)
Denv
80
W IL
86
F
CoCar
82
TexAr
77
F
FlInt
78
Rice
92
F
Maine
70
Albany
76
F
Oakl
68
Clev
55
F
E IL
66
MorSt
69
F
TexAM
69
Vand
50
F
CenMI
73
Kent
79
F
(N/A)
58
CenCT
46
F
Norf
71
How
63
F
Hou
61
Tuls
63
F
Copp
80
BethC
85
F
Duques
66
GrgWas
61
F
Drake
61
Valpa
66
F
SoMis
70
TexSA
80
F
NrthIA
80
MOSt
57
F
FlAtl
58
N TX
81
F
Evans
44
LoyIL
78
F
MtStM
67
Bry
65
F
FlGlf
66
Stetsn
62
F(OT)
Marq
55
Seton
69
F
HiPt
62
Presb
77
F
OlDom
47
Charl
53
F
Colg
70
Navy
63
F
Drex
78
JMU
71
F
ULLa
51
GaSo
71
F
UNCW
63
Elon
80
F
SIU-E
72
E KY
78
F
VMI
55
ETSU
61
F
SamH
82
CenAR
89
F
NCAT
91
MD-ES
53
F
Morg
68
FlaAM
77
F
NebOm
81
SDak
91
F
Clem
79
UNC
76
F(OT)
Nebras
57
NW
62
F
E MI
68
NIU
71
F
NWSt
76
McNee
85
F
TXAMC
56
AbCh
68
F
FaDi
70
LIU
84
F
Nich
69
SeLA
58
F
N AL
82
Lipsco
69
F
NJIT
78
NFla
66
F
Troy
68
ArkSt
76
F(OT)
ColSt
81
SJSU
70
F
App
57
TxSt
82
F
APSU
71
JacSt
67
F
Mercer
71
WCU
79
F
Jacksn
37
Lib
54
F
NOrl
70
InWor
73
F
TNSt
75
SEMO
73
F
Belm
85
TN-M
78
F
SthAL
52
ArkLR
43
F
Bingha
66
UMassL
85
F
UNCA
71
ChaSo
69
F
GaTec
71
BC
52
F
WaSt
62
Stan
88
F
IdaSt
71
NoAZ
67
F
UMKC
71
NMSt
74
F
AF
78
NM
84
F
Ark
76
Miss
72
F
W Ky
69
MidTN
53
F
StLou
74
Rich
58
F
Longw
80
Hamp
83
F
JackSt
76
Alc
65
F
Gram
61
South
56
F
Citad
71
Woff
73
F
USF
79
Pacif
75
F
UNLV
78
Wyo
69
F(OT)
WIMil
87
WIGB
80
F
SDSt
70
IPFW
61
F
GWebb
95
Winth
99
F(3OT)
W MI
59
Toled
67
F
UNH
48
Stony
73
F
StFNY
80
StFPA
81
F
Amer
73
Leh
82
F
UNCG
86
Furm
73
F
Okla
68
IaSt
81
F
CS-Ful
59
UCRiv
65
F
SCla
67
StMar
66
F
Wash
58
Cal
61
F(OT)
Nev
70
UtSt
80
F
PorSt
77
MTSt
76
F
CBU
61
GrCan
57
F
ChiSt
63
UTRGV
87
F
KansSt
50
Tex
64
F
N DA
73
Oral
88
F
MisSt
59
LSU
60
F
Lamar
102
HBU
92
F
SIU
48
Brad
67
F
Marsh
50
UAB
61
F
ArkPB
49
AlaAM
59
F
Fla
75
Mizzu
91
F
PVAM
67
TXSo
71
F
LaTec
64
UTEP
61
F
Murr
81
TNTec
69
F
Portl
70
BYU
96
F
MsVl
75
AlSt
81
F
CSNor
56
CAPoly
74
F
USC
74
UCLA
63
F
UtVal
50
Seatt
83
F
LongB
55
UCSB
52
F
Pepp
85
USD
78
F
HI
60
UCIrv
74
F
Web
57
Sac
71
F

Jan 11, 2020, 1:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

South Carolina (8-7)

26

29

55

Tennessee (10-5)

25

31

56

Tennessee ekes out 56-55 victory over South Carolina
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:06 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) On an afternoon when making a basket seemed as difficult as climbing a mountain, it’s only fitting that a defensive play decided the game.

John Fulkerson drew a game-clinching charge from A.J. Lawson with 1.4 seconds left to preserve Tennessee’s 56-55 victory over South Carolina on Saturday. Fulkerson also had 15 points and 10 rebounds, but his defensive stand in the closing seconds was the play of the day.

“You had to make a game-winning play,” Fulkerson said. “Somebody had to stop the ball. I saw one of my teammates in the back and I figured everybody else was matched up to a man, so you just try to put yourself in a winning position to make a play.”

Tennessee (10-5, 2-1 SEC) led 56-53 and had possession in the final minute, but Lawson stole the ball from Santiago Vescovi and hit a pair of free throws with 36.5 seconds left to cut the lead to 56-55.

Jordan Bowden missed a 3-pointer on the Vols’ next possession, but the ball went out of bounds off South Carolina with 10.4 seconds left. Tennessee then missed a desperation attempt as the shot clock expired, giving South Carolina (8-7, 0-2) one last chance that ended when Lawson drove into the lane and charged into Fulkerson.

“That’s more a play where you give their guy credit rather than (put) our guy at fault, “ South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. “Fulkerson ... made a heck of a play there, getting in front of him and taking that charge.”

Vescovi scored 13 points and Josiah-Jordan James added 10 for Tennessee. Maik Kostsar had 17 points and Jermaine Couisnard had 15 off the bench for South Carolina, which fell to 3-1 in true road games.

Tennessee found a way to win despite shooting just 25.9% (14 of 54) from the floor and 19.4% (6 of 31) from 3-point range. South Carolina shot just 32.8% (20 of 61) overall and 15.4% (2 of 13) from beyond the arc.

Vols coach Rick Barnes said after the game that “there’s not a better defensive coach in the country” than Martin.

The difference came at the foul line.

Tennessee shot 22 of 28 on free-throw attempts, including 14 of 16 in the second half. South Carolina went 7 of 15 in the second half and 13 of 22 for the game. The Gamecocks have made an SEC-low 61.4% of their free throws this season.

“We feel against South Carolina you’ve got to try to get to the line 25-plus times if you can,” Barnes said. “If not, they’re just going to manhandle you, if you don’t drive the ball hard and try to get fouls on them because they’re going to challenge every bounce, they’re going to reach.”

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The Gamecocks didn’t get nearly enough from Lawson and Bolden, two of their three leading scorers. Lawson entered the day with a team-high 15.2 points per game, but he had just four points Saturday and missed all seven of his field-goal attempts. Bolden was averaging 9.6 points but had just two Saturday and shot 0 for 5. South Carolina had numerous opportunities to tie or take the lead in the closing minutes but couldn’t capitalize. The Gamecocks should get some encouragement from the performance of Couisnard, who matched a career high with his 16-point performance after missing one game with a back strain.

Tennessee: The Vols won despite committing 19 turnovers, but they still need Bowden to break out of his slump. He shot 1 of 17 overall and 1 of 12 from 3-point range Saturday. He has shot 9 of 54 overall and 5 of 33 from beyond the arc over his last four games.

QUOTABLE

“It was an ugly win,” James said, “but it was a win.”

LONG DROUGHTS

Tennessee went nearly 10 ½ minutes without a basket during one stretch in the first half. Tennessee erased an eight-point deficit and took the lead for good by going on a 14-2 run in the second half when South Carolina went over six minutes without a basket.

UP NEXT

South Carolina hosts No. 14 Kentucky on Wednesday.

Tennessee visits Georgia on Wednesday.

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Leaders

South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
W. Leveque 0 0 0 2 0 2
J. Minaya 0 0 0 10 2 3
Tennessee PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Gaines 0 0 0 0 1 0
J. Fulkerson 15 0 0 10 0 1

Team Comparison

SCar Tenn
Points For 55 56
Field Goals 20/61-33% 14/54-26%
Three Pointers 2/13-15% 6/31-19%
Free Throws 13/22-59% 22/28-79%
Offensive Rebounds 18 13
Defensive Rebounds 29 29
Rebounds 56 48
Blocks 8 11
Steals 12 5
Turnovers 19 19
Personal Fouls 29 22
Technical Fouls 1 1
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 11 SCar 55 @ Tenn 56 T. Moss 2 J. Johnson 1

Game Information

Stadium: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
Attendance: 19,603
Game Time: