COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Devin Carter hit two free throws with two seconds left and South Carolina held off UAB to claim a 66-63 win on Thursday night, handing the Blazers their first loss in four games.
James reese v hit a 3-point with just under three minutes to go to put the Gamecocks in front by five, 62-57, but UAB hit back behind two free throws from Michael Ertel and two more from Jordan Walker with 1:02 to go. Walker missed a layup with: 06 left and Carter took the foul and made both free throws to make it 64-61. Walker had two free throws to make it a one-run game, 64-63, and Carter fouled the back pass and ended the game at the line.
Erik Stevenson finished with 15 points to lead South Carolina (3-1) but was fouled with 1:44 to go. Reese added 14 points, Bishop of Wildens 13 and Carter contributed 12 points off the bench, scoring 6 of 10 from the free throw line.
Walker paced the UAB with 15 points, had three assists and had four interceptions. Quan Jackson and Ertel each added 12 points.
> South Carolina were strong in defense from start to finish Thursday night, keeping the UAB at 34% on shots (21 for 61).
> South Carolina Rookie Guard Devin Carter was in double digits for the Gamecocks for the second game in a row, scoring 12 points behind a 3 of 6 performance on the field and connecting to 6 of 10 at the free throw line. Carter was 4 of 4 from the line in the final five seconds of play to seal the victory.
> Superior guard Erik Stevenson peaked the season with three points to 3 points in the win. He finished with 15 points and one steal against the Blazers.
> For the second game in a row, guard graduated James reese v hit four 3-pointers. In his last two games he’s been 8 of 14 (57.1%) beyond the arc.
> Junior forward Bishop of Wildens logged on to a career-high seven free throws in the win over UAB. He finished 7 of 8 from the line and scored 13 points in total.
Carolina continues its homestand next Tuesday, November 23, when Wofford visits the Colonial Life Arena. Tip time for Terriers is 7:00 p.m. ET. Dave Weinstein (play-by-play) and John Williams (analyst) will have the SEC Network + broadcast.