S. Carolina holds off Ge­or­gia in road rally

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Basketball - BY BLAKE GILES As­so­ci­ated Press

Now that Chris Silva and his coach are on the same page, there may be no stop­ping the South Carolina for­ward.

Silva and A.J. Law­son scored 19 points apiece as South Carolina ended a two-game los­ing streak with an 86-80 win over Ge­or­gia on Satur­day.

Over the last three games, Silva has scored 32 against Auburn, 15 against Ok­la­homa State and 28 against No. 1 Ten­nessee.

Coach Frank Martin said he mis­han­dled Silva ear­lier this year.

“I saw his growth of­fen­sively in the pre­sea­son,” Martin said. “But I put too much pres­sure on him be­cause we weren’t play­ing well.

“We had two new guards who did not know how to play. We had a con­ver­sa­tion. I needed to un­der­stand him.”

Derek Og­beide led Ge­or­gia (10-11, 1-7 SEC) with 16 points. Tyree Crump added 14.

The Game­cocks (11-10, 6-2) never trailed, but had to fight off re­peated come­back at­tempts by Ge­or­gia. The last one cli­maxed when a pair of free throws by Ge­or­gia’s Wil­liam Jack­son made the score 83-80 with just 1:06 to play, but the Bull­dogs could not get the re­bound off a missed shot by Carolina’s Has­san Gravett.

Ge­or­gia fouled Law­son, who hit two free throws. Ge­or­gia then missed three 3-point at­tempts on its next pos­ses­sion.

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