ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Billy Humphrey's putback with 26.1 seconds
remaining ended the scoring as Georgia held off South Carolina
48-47 in a sloppy Southeastern Conference matchup Thursday night.
Renaldo Balkman missed a 17-foot jumper at the buzzer that would
have won it for the Gamecocks.
Humphrey, who grabbed the ball after Levi Stukes missed a
3-pointer from the right corner, scooped in a shot past two
defenders. He finished with eight points.
Mercer and Humphrey were coming off a one-game suspension
Georgia coach Dennis Felton gave the freshmen for violating an
unspecified team rule.
The Gamecocks (14-12, 5-8 SEC) have lost two straight. They
couldn't hold a 47-46 lead after Brandon Wallace hit a 3-pointer
from the right corner with 2.21 remaining.
Georgia (15-11, 5-8) ended a three-game losing streak in the
series with a 64-61 overtime victory Jan. 14.
The teams combined for a 6-for-33 performance on 3-point
attempts. Guards Levi Stukes of the Bulldogs and Tarence Kinsey of
the Gamecocks combined to go 0-for-11.
Kinsey led South Carolina with 15 points. Wallace had 14 points
and 12 rebounds.
Despite taking possession with 21.7 seconds remaining, the
Gamecocks couldn't get off a shot until Balkman's ill-fated jumper.
Younes Idrissi blocked Kelley's baseline runner out of bounds with
11.3 seconds left.
Kelley committed his fourth turnover from the same spot on the
floor, approximately 14 feet right of the basket, when he
inadvertently passed the ball to Gaines.
Steve Newman gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 29-19 when
he hit a 3 from the right corner with 17:38 remaining.
Rocky Trice put South Carolina up 32-31 less than five minutes
later when he rebounded Kinsey's missed 3 and hit an eight-footer.