Gamecocks Get Back on Track vs. D-II Lander 90-62
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina (10-2) posted a 90-62 victory versus instate foe Lander (3-7) Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena. Freshman Rakym Felder led the team with a career-high 20 points after going 5-for-7 from the 3-point line.
The Bearcats scored the game’s first hoop, but Carolina went on an 11-0 run to take an 11-2 lead with 15:32 left in the opening half. Freshman Maik Kotsar had six of the team’s first 11 points.
The Gamecocks pushed the run to 19-0 after a pair of Notice free throws with 12:56 remaining. A jumper by freshman Sedee Keita improved the run to 29-1, as Carolina led 29-3 with 9:48 to go in the first half. The Gamecocks’ defense held Lander to 1-of-15 shooting in the first 10 minutes.
The Bearcats ended their 0-for-14 field goal draught, as Carolina was up 36-7 at the under eight media timeout. Felder hit back-to-back 3s to extend the lead to 50-14 with 1:49 on the clock. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native, then hit another 3 with 44 seconds left, as the Gamecocks led 53-16 at halftime.
Carolina shot 20-for-32 (63 percent) in the opening half, including 7-for-11 from 3. The Gamecocks held Lander to just 17 percent (5-for-30) shooting from the field and had a 25-14 edge in the rebound column. Felder led the way with 15 points, as he was 4-of-4 from behind the arc in the first half. Nine different players scored in half one for Carolina.
After the break, Felder hit his fifth 3-pointer with 12:19 to go in the game, as Carolina jumped out to its biggest lead of the night, 73-33.
Kotsar posted his first career double-double, snagging his 10th rebound and scoring his 10th point on the ensuing possession with 9:16 to go and the Gamecocks in control up 77-43.
South Carolina remained up by 30 the rest of the way, before a late Lander 3 with 18 seconds left in the game to make it 90-62.
PJ Dozier (15), Duane Notice (13) and Kotsar (10) joined Felder in double-figures. Chris Silva tied Kotsar for the team lead with 11 rebounds and Carolina tied a season-high with 18 assists on the night.