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SC basketball: Observations and analysis from overtime win against LSU

01 March 2018

The South Carolina Gamecocks knocked off LSU, 81-74, in overtime Wednesday night as they continue to try to climb out of the play-in game scenario in next Wednesday's opening doubleheader at the SEC Tournament.

A big three-pointer by freshman Tremont Waters in the final seconds of regulation tied the game at 72 and forced overtime.

After LSU closed the first half with eight straight points to pull even 31-31 at halftime, the Tigers stayed even until a flurry of turnovers led SC taking a 15-point lead with 10:28 left.

SC ends the regular season on the road this Saturday, traveling to face No. 14/15 Auburn in a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (analyst) on the call.

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After being down 15 points three times in the second half, the first with 10:28 to play (57-42), a switch to a 1-3-1 zone helped the Tigers climb back into it.

Booker and Myers played a major role as they went for 25 and 23 points, respectively. Rachal then added an old-fashioned three-point play off a Mays steal.

But the Tigers turned up their defensive heat, scoring seven straight points in 38 seconds to kill South Carolina's momentum.

LSU was confused on defense to start the overtime, Wade said.

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Myers set SC up early with a pair of threes and a layup as they went ahead 12-5 with 13 minutes remaining.

The graduate transfer seniors combined to score 48 points on 8 of 13 shooting from behind the 3-point line. She is averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds a game.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks travel Saturday to No. 14 Auburn, where the Tigers need a win to clinch at least a share of the SEC regular season title.

Myers and Booker, who were honored during a senior night ceremony before the game, led SC with 25 and 23, respectively.

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SC basketball: Observations and analysis from overtime win against LSU