Dec. 21, 2000
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina held Wyoming to less than 40 percentshooting from the field and made several critical baskets down the stretch topull away from the Cowboys and win 78-67 Thursday night at Frank McGuire Arena.
The Cowboys (7-2) got 23 points from guard Marcus Bailey, but shot 35percent from the field as a team.
South Carolina (7-2) was led by guard Jamel Bradley with 15 points andforward Chuck Eidson with 13.
South Carolina led by five points at the half, but with 8:25 to play,Wyoming had cut the lead to one.
From there, the Gamecocks went on a 10-4 run that put them ahead 65-48 with4:11 to play, and put the pressure squarely on the Cowboys.
Wyoming's cold shooting continued, however, and South Carolina was just goodenough at the foul line in the final six minutes (8-of-13) to put the gameaway.
South Carolina led 33-28 at the half, with both teams struggling to shootthe basketball.
Wyoming shot 31 percent from the field in the first half, while SouthCarolina shot 34 percent.
The Cowboys led 26-20 with 4:11 to play, matching their biggest lead of thehalf, but the Gamecocks closed the half on a 13-2 run.
Three-pointers from Bradley and David Ross were instrumental in SouthCarolina's late first-half surge.
Wyoming also had trouble holding onto the basketball in the first half,committing 11 turnovers.