USC men fall at Tennessee
South Carolina (13-13, 4-9) stayed close to Tennessee (19-6, 9-4 SEC) until the end.
After trailing 68-59 with 2:30 left, South Carolina scored eight straight points and got to within one on Chris Booker’s basket with 36 seconds remaining. With 8.6 seconds remaining, South Carolina worked for a potential game-tying 3-pointer. But Justin Minaya’s attempt from beyond the arc fell short.
Booker scored 19 points to lead South Carolina, while Silva and Hassani Gravett added 12 points each. Jordan Bowden scored 14 and Admiral Schofield added 13 for Tennessee.
South Carolina returns to Columbia for two-straight games beginning Saturday when SEC leading Auburn visits Colonial Life Arena. Tipoff vs. the 10th-ranked Tigers is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. It’s 2018 Legends Weekend for Gamecock men’s basketball and former Carolina standouts Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice and PJ Dozier will be in attendance to receive their 2017 NCAA East Regional Champion rings in a special halftime ceremony.