Honolulu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Duane Notice poured in 15 points to lead
the South Carolina Gamecocks to a 69-59 win over Akron in the third place game
of the Diamond Head Classic.
Sindarius Thornwell and Brenton Williams added 12 points apiece for South
Carolina (4-6), which will leave Hawaii with a 2-1 record. The Gamecocks have
still not won consecutive games all season.
Demetrius Treadwell paced Akron (6-4) with 12 points and a game-high seven
rebounds, while Quincy Diggs scored 10 off the bench.
Akron trailed just once in the opening 20 minutes and jumped out to a 29-20
lead late in the period on a Deji Ibitayo triple. Michael Carrera potted a
jumper to close the half, and South Carolina was within six heading into the
Notice and Williams drained consecutive jumpers midway through the second to
put the Gamecocks in front for the first time since 18-17 at 7:33 of the first
half. A pair of Williams free throws minutes later extended the margin to
53-45, and USC held off the Zips the rest of the way.
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