The South Carolina Gamecocks trailed for most of the game but got the lead when it counted on Chris Silva’s slam dunk with 2.5 seconds to play to upset the Florida Gators, 71-69, in Gainesville Saturday.
Silva caught an inbound pass from Felipe Haase that traveled three-quarters of the length of the floor and threw down the game-winning bucket in the waning moments of regulation.
The Gamecocks, who trailed by as many as 14 points, grabbed their first lead with 3:39 to play on a Silva layup. The senior scored the last six points for South Carolina, totaling 18 points for the game, all in the second half.
Hassani Gravett led the Gamecocks with 22 points, as South Carolina won despite turning the ball over 22 times.
USC bowed up on defense, causing Florida to make just one of its last 12 field goals, including missing their last eight shot attempts in the final 7:17 of the game.
Gamecocks Head Coach Frank Martin reflected Saturday night on a big win for his team:
South Carolina (6-7, 1-0) returns home Tuesday night for its SEC home opener against Mississippi State at 9 PM on ESPNU.