The South Carolina Gamecocks used a career night from Wesley Myers along gritty defense and rebounding to upset the #20 Florida Gators, 77-72, in Gainesville Wednesday night.
Myers had a season-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting including 5-of-7 from beyond three. Chris Silva fought off first-half foul trouble, scoring 18 points (11 in the second half), and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Despite leading at halftime, things looked ominous for South Carolina as Florida started the second half on a 11-0 run to take a 48-39 lead. South Carolina reversed the momentum with a 15-8 run to take a 57-56 lead with 9:50 to play in the game.
South Carolina equaled Florida in rebounding numbers with each team grabbing 34, but the Gamecocks had a decided edge in points off of turnovers, outscoring the Gators 19-7 in that category.
The win for South Carolina was the first for them in Gainesville since a 72-69 win on January 15th, 2011. The Gamecocks split the regular-season series last year with Florida with both home teams winning, but prevailed in the final meeting during in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
Frank Martin said the team’s youth mirrors their unpredictability, which on this night, proved to be positive.
Wesley Myers & Chris Silva
The win was the first road win in SEC play over a ranked opponent since the 2015-16 season when South Carolina defeated Texas A&M, 81-78, in College Station.
South Carolina takes a break from conference play for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday when they host Texas Tech at Colonial Life Arena at 12 PM.