- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Frank Martin provided a long list of reasons, including poor shooting, to explain No. 25 South Carolina’s third loss in five SEC road games.

Top scorer Sindarius Thornwell had a shorter answer: The Gamecocks were outhustled.

Thornwell scored 18 points but South Carolina had only one other scorer in double figures and the Gamecocks fell 69-56 to Georgia on Tuesday night in their first game since moving back into the Top 25.

Martin applauded his team’s defensive effort but bemoaned the Gamecocks’ poor shooting.

“You can’t go on the road and shoot 31 percent in league play and expect to win,” Martin said. “Once again, get outrebounded, get outshot at the free throw line. … We got nothing from our bigs.”

South Carolina (19-3, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) was denied its attempt to reach 20 wins for the first time since 2008-09, when the Gamecocks finished 21-10.

“We weren’t engaged,” Thornwell said. “Got to give credit where it’s due. They played a great game. But a lot of the stuff that happened tonight was because of us, because our energy and our effort were not how it was supposed to have been.”

Yante Maten scored 18 points and Kenny Gaines had 17 for Georgia (12-8, 5-4). J.J. Frazier scored 13 points - all in the second half - including two late 3s.

With only 1:49 remaining and the shot clock about to expire, Frazier hit an unlikely 3 while falling back into the Georgia bench for a 62-53 lead.

“That’s J.J.,” Maten said. “He’s good for those trick shots.”

Georgia scored the last six points of the first half, including a jam and a layup by Maten, for a 33-23 lead.

The Bulldogs led 50-48 before two straight baskets by Gaines stretched the lead back to six points.


Frazier opened the second half with a dramatic basket.

He was trapped when he jumped over the South Carolina bench to save a ball. He couldn’t find a quick exit so he finally walked around the bench as Georgia passed the ball around on the other end of the court.

Frazier sprinted to join his teammates before catching a pass and calmly making a 3-pointer for his first points of the game.

“I was just trying to find a way to get back in the game,” Frazier said. “There were chairs blocking the short cut. I got confused on where I was supposed to go.”



Carrera was called for his fourth foul with 31.3 seconds remaining and then was given a technical, ending his night.

Thornwell and Carrera were South Carolina’s only scorers in double figures.


South Carolina: As the hot scorer entering the game, Carrera was the target of Georgia’s student section, who booed when he touched the ball. … The Gamecocks made only 6 of 28 shots (21.4 percent) from the field in the first half and were 18 for 57 to match their season low of 31.6 percent for the game. … Carrera had three of the team’s nine blocked shots.

Georgia: Charles Mann had 11 points including six free throws to pass Alec Kessler’s school career record with 551. … Junior F Kenny Paul Geno had two points in his first start since the first seven games of the season. Georgia has recently tried Houston Kessler, Derek Ogbeide and Mike Edwards at the small forward spot. Ogbeide, a freshman, was the Bulldogs’ first substitute. … Maten blocked four shots.


South Carolina hosts No. 8 Texas A&M; on Saturday.

Georgia hosts Auburn on Saturday.

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