The South Carolina Gamecocks ensured an under .500 record in conference play falling in overtime to Mississippi State, 72-68, on Saturday.
Hassani Gravett’s buzzer-beating three point basket forced an extra session, but the Gamecocks could not generate enough offense late against a Bulldogs squad who improved to 18-1 on their home floor.
Gravett lead USC with 19 points, with Maik Kotsar, Felipe Haase and Chris Silva adding 11, in a game where Silva was limited to 24 minutes with foul trouble.
South Carolina built a first-half lead as high as 13 points, but relinquished the lead for the first time since the opening minutes with 5:53 to play in the second half.
While Gravett’s three-pointer forced five extra minutes, the Gamecocks failed to lead in OT, as MSU earned a season sweep of USC.
South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin let out a frustrated tone with regards to his team’s failure:
South Carolina (15-14, 6-10 SEC) returns home for Senior Day, Wednesday, when the Gamecocks face LSU at 6:30 PM.