South Carolina Basketball: Recap, box score from SEC opener against Georgia

By Hale McGranahan ( – Original Article

South Carolina’s PJ Dozier and Sindarius Thornwell – Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Player of the game

Dozier was the most productive player on the floor, scoring a game-high 24 points, to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. He was also 9 of 17 from the field and 2 for 5 from behind the 3-point line.

Led by Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier, the South Carolina basketball team is 1-0 in in SEC play, following a 67-61 win at Georgia on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Gamecocks now are 11-3 overall and have avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season.

Thornwell, who was playing for the first time since Dec. 1, had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Turning point

As the game clock fell below 1:00, J.J. Frazier found Yante Maten at the top of the key for a wide-open 3-pointer, to cut South Carolina’s lead to a point. Thornwell answered on the other end, tipping in his own missed layup.

The Gamecocks forced a turnover, then pushed the lead to 65-61 with 30.7 seconds left to play.

What’s next for South Carolina basketball

South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday for its SEC home opener against Texas A&M. Earlier this week, CBS set the tip time for 1:30 p.m.