USC rallied from a nine point deficit with 3:30 to play to defeat Mississippi Valley State 61-57 Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks trailed 53-44 before they turned the game around by forcing six turnovers down the stretch. They outscored the Delta Devils 17-4 during the run with Malik Cooke leading the charge with eight points.
Cooke led the Gamecocks with 18 points while freshman Damien Leonard notched a career high 16 points.
The Gamecocks improved to 2-2 and will play North Carolina Friday night in Las Vegas. Mississippi Valley falls to 0-4.