S. Carolina holds off Georgia in road rally
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.