Gamecocks crush Vols, back away from NCAA bubble

BY DAVID CLONINGER – dcloninger@thestate.com – Original Article

South Carolina guard PJ Dozier (15) shoots over Tennessee guard Kwe Parker (12) in the first half at Colonial Life Arena. Jeff Blake USA TODAY Sports

At the breaking point of the game and season, South Carolina drew its toe across the court and said, “No more.”

The Gamecocks stretched a four-point lead to 19 in a sizzling second-half run on Saturday, beating Tennessee 82-55 to snap a three-game losing streak and restore foundation to their hopes for the NCAA Tournament. Having frittered away most of a 15-point lead by once again refusing to do the things that earned that lead, USC (21-8, 11-5 SEC) halted the Volunteers’ rally just in time.

“Obviously, our guys, their spirit has been real good again,” coach Frank Martin said. “That’s why after the Florida game, I was still so optimistic about our kids. That’s a special group of guys.”

The Gamecocks led by 15 with less than three minutes to go in the first half but a nearly six-minute halftime-spanning stretch without a field goal let Tennessee (15-14, 7-9) back in the game. Their lead cut to four by settling for jump shots instead of the drives that claimed the advantage; unable to figure out the Vols’ zone defense while its was being pummeled, USC felt the game slipping away.

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Two Gamecocks make appearance in NBA mock draft

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With the pedigree P.J. Dozier brought to South Carolina men’s basketball, the question of him potentially turning pro will loom each season.

At least one mock draft has him as a potential first-round pick in 2017.

The latest projection from NBADraft.net puts Dozier as the 27th pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The site also puts South Carolina senior wing Sindarius Thornwell at No. 58 to New York.

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