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Gamecocks Suffer First Loss of the Season
South Carolina center Mike Holmes (24) goes to the basket as Southern California forward Taj Gibson (22) defends during the first half. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)
 
South Carolina center Mike Holmes (24) goes to the basket as Southern California forward Taj Gibson (22) defends during the first half. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)

Nov. 17, 2007

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -O.J. Mayo scored 29 points but the freshman phenom got plenty of help from Daniel Hackett, who had 22, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Southern California defeated South Carolina 85-75 Saturday night.

The game attracted 16 NBA scouts, who were on hand to see Mayo, one of the nation's top freshman and a likely future lottery pick. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Mayo did not disappoint, hitting 11 of 20 field goals, including three 3-pointers, to go with four rebounds and four assists.

South Carolina (2-1) was led by forward Dominique Archie with 20 points, 17 in the second half, while guard Brandis Raley-Ross scored all 18 of his points in the second half.

Southern California (2-1) used a 16-3 run to take command midway through the first half and led 40-30 at halftime. The Gamecocks missed all 10 of their shots and committed four turnovers during the Trojans' eight-minute surge that gave them a 31-19 lead with 5:05 remaining on back-to-back lay-ups by Hackett and Mayo.

Southern California pushed its lead to 38-24 on Keith Wilkinson's baseline jumper before the Gamecocks closed to 10 down at halftime after ultra-fast point guard Devan Downey forced three straight turnovers.

The Trojans then had to beat back several rallies by the Gamecocks in the second half.

Raley-Ross hit two straight 3-pointers to pull the Gamecocks to 57-51 with 10:29 left then was fouled after rebounding Hackett's miss. But Raley-Ross missed the front end of a one-and-one with 10:11 left and the Trojans went up 62-53 on Hackett's 3-pointer with 8:11 left.

The Gamecocks pulled to 64-59 with 5:43 left on two foul shots by Raley-Ross, but Mayo swished a 3-pointer and Taj Gibson's dunk put the Trojans up 71-61 with 2:53 left.

 

 

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