NCAAB Game Recap - Georgia at South Carolina
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:30 PM EST

MD
74
Minn
73
F
StJon
60
Vill
71
F
Rut
64
PSU
65
F
UGA
90
SCar
94
F(OT)
UCF
65
UConn
81
F
ECU
68
SoFL
73
F(OT)
Syr
72
Pitt
49
F
Rich
73
GrgWas
70
F
Brad
74
IlSt
71
F(OT)
Albany
69
UMassL
88
F
Sien
84
Quin
77
F
Denv
51
IPFW
58
F
ETSU
60
Woff
54
F
Samf
78
WCU
109
F
Chat
71
VMI
64
F
UVA
56
VaTec
53
F
Hartfo
65
Stony
54
F
Duques
81
StBon
77
F(OT)
Furm
81
UNCG
67
F
LoyMD
57
Navy
62
F
Bingha
76
UMBC
74
F
VACom
52
UMass
60
F
Maris
56
Manh
65
F
UNH
77
Maine
70
F
Boston
55
Leh
57
F(OT)
URI
76
Ford
75
F
Mercer
73
Citad
57
F
Colg
70
Buck
71
F
HolyC
61
Army
67
F
Lafy
59
Amer
79
F
NWSt
59
SFA
90
F
SeLA
82
McNee
104
F
N DA
83
NebOm
84
F(OT)
ArkSt
74
ULLa
77
F
IndSt
77
SIU
68
F
Evans
64
NrthIA
84
F
TXAMC
81
NOrl
75
F
InWor
66
Lamar
86
F
Nich
93
HBU
85
F
GTown
72
Marq
93
F
Tenn
69
Ark
86
F
ND
62
BC
61
F
NM
58
AF
60
F
Mizzu
61
Vand
52
F
StJos
63
StLou
76
F
LSU
66
Fla
81
F
SamH
69
AbCh
85
F
UtVal
66
CBap
73
F
Utah
62
Stan
70
F
CSNor
73
LongB
64
F
Bois
66
UNLV
76
F

Feb 26, 2020, 6:30 PM EST

Final (OT)

1

2

OT

T

Georgia (14-14)

42

37

11

90

South Carolina (17-11)

40

39

15

94

Frink, South Carolina hold off Georgia in OT, 94-90
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:59 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina senior Maik Kotsar scored five points and drew the game-clinching charge in overtime on Wednesday as South Carolina outlasted Georgia 94-90.

The Gamecocks' power forward, the only player remaining from their 2017 Final Four team, is quietly having an all-conference season that continued against Georgia with 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Yet his biggest play was standing his ground as Bulldogs point guard Sahvir Wheeler drove the lane with less than five seconds to play in overtime and South Carolina (17-11, 9-6 SEC) nursing a two-point lead.

"I just saw him coming and I knew I had to be on help defense, and I guess I just stood there," Kotsar said.

Wheeler plowed into him and Kotsar was rewarded with a whistle. On the inbound, Kotsar threw a baseball pass to Keyshawn Bryant, who was fouled and made two free throws for the final margin.

"That was a good win," a relieved South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. "That's why when you go through the battles with players, you can't be scared to coach them. (Kotsar) responded and took ownership and didn't run away from it."

Gamecocks sophomore Alanzo Frink scored a career-high 22 points as Georgia (14-14, 4-11) had no answer for South Carolina's interior. Frink, Jalyn McCreary, Keyshawn Bryant and Kotsar helped push South Carolina to 54 points in the paint, much like the 40 they scored in a 75-59 paddling of the Bulldogs in Athens on Feb. 12.

"We don't have the size, obviously. We didn't play as much zone because we weren't able to get back to it as quick," Georgia coach Tom Crean said. "But they're just bigger than us."

Crean only said, "Judgment call" when asked about the charge. It was another stinging loss in a season full of them.

The Bulldogs blew second-half leads of 12 (Alabama), 22 (Florida) and 20 (Missouri) before Wednesday. They led by three with 80 seconds to play in regulation Wednesday, and by one with 2:03 to play in overtime.

Georgia got 36 points from freshman star Anthony Edwards but little help from his teammates, only Rayshaun Hammonds (13) and Toumani Camara (10) joining him in double figures. It was nearly enough, as the Gamecocks forgot to keep targeting their bigs and let their guards (a combined 6-of-27 from the floor) shoot.

But A.J. Lawson nailed a 3-pointer, one of just three for South Carolina, with 66 seconds to go in regulation after Georgia had taken a three-point lead. Jermaine Couisnard missed a game-winning shot at the end of the period but made five free throws in overtime to keep the Gamecocks afloat.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia: The Bulldogs had their two-game winning streak snapped and most likely their last remaining hope to get back on the NCAA tournament bubble. An NIT berth is still a possibility with a strong finish.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks broke a two-game losing streak and are still on the fringe of the NCAA bubble. If they can win two of three and another in the SEC tournament, they'll be in the conversation on Selection Sunday.

QUICK COMPARE

The Gamecocks are one of the country's worst teams at fouling, and at making free throws. Their games have almost always had massive discrepancies between the free throws they give and the ones they take.

Wednesday was an exception. Georgia had 30 fouls to South Carolina's 26, and South Carolina shot three more than Georgia's 34 free throws. But the Gamecocks also missed 14.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Bryant always seems to at least attempt to do himself one better. Known for his statuesque dunks, Bryant had two on Wednesday.

A nasty one-hander was vicious, but his two-handed jam where he bent his body into one half of a parenthesis and rammed it home over Georgia's Mike Peake will be on the SEC Network loop for a while.

UP NEXT

Georgia has a chance to get its confidence back with home games against Arkansas (Saturday) and Florida (March 4).

South Carolina plays at Alabama on Saturday. The Crimson Tide have won six of the past seven in the series.

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Leaders

Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Edwards 36 0 4 7 4 0
R. Hammonds 13 0 1 9 1 1
South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Bolden 0 0 1 4 0 0
T. Hannibal 0 0 1 0 0 0

Team Comparison

UGA SCar
Points For 90 94
Field Goals 28/67-42% 34/71-48%
Three Pointers 8/29-28% 3/16-19%
Free Throws 26/34-76% 23/37-62%
Offensive Rebounds 12 13
Defensive Rebounds 30 29
Rebounds 44 44
Blocks 2 6
Steals 7 5
Turnovers 14 10
Personal Fouls 30 26
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - SCar Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 12 SCar 75 @ UGA 59 J. Bolden 3 R. Howard 2
Wed Feb 26 UGA 90 @ SCar 94 T. Crump 3 T. Moss 2

Game Information

Stadium: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 11,613
Game Time: