Cross South Carolina off the list of the final unbeaten teams in college basketball.
The No. 16 Gamecocks, one of seven undefeated teams remaining, dropped their first game of the season, a 67-64 back-and-forth affair against Seton Hall on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez drove to the hoop and finished and P.J. Dozier’s 3-pointer was no good. Myles Powell hit a pair of free throws before Dozier’s last-second heave bounced in and out.
Senior guard Justin McKie hit a corner 3-pointer to give South Carolina (8-1) a 60-59 lead. But Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington scored four in a row to steal the lead back.
Trailing by two possessions for the first time all game, South Carolina came up big. Maik Kotsar hit a mid-range jumper before a key defensive possession led to McKie running in the open court and drawing a foul. He hit both free throws to tie the game 64-64 with 34.3 seconds to play.
Dozier had 20 points, his third consecutive game with 20 or more points for the Gamecocks.
Player of the game
The Seton Hall guard had big play after big play down stretch. His four straight points proved the difference in the game.
He had 21 on the night and was money from the free-throw line.
Seton Hall called timeout with 17 seconds left, setting up Rodriguez’s tough baseline drive and finish off the glass to give the Pirates the win.
Statline of the game
If you want to know what will drive Frank Martin nuts, look at the rebounding numbers against Seton Hall. The Gamecocks were killed on the glass, with Seton Hall holding a plus-14 margin and yanking down 18 offensive rebounds.
What’s next for South Carolina basketball
South Carolina plays at South Florida on Dec. 17
South Carolina vs. Seton Hall box score