Bruce Ellington scored 23 points, including the final six for South Carolina, and the Gamecocks beat Florida 72-69 on Saturday.
Ellington got pretty much any shot he wanted against Florida’s smaller guards. His biggest ones came late, when he made a driving layup and four free throws to close it out in the final seconds.
Ellington was 8 of 15 shooting, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range, and chipped in four rebounds and three assists.
Brian Richardson, Lakeem Jackson and Sam Muldrow added 10 points apiece for the Gamecocks (11-5, 2-1 Southeastern Conference). Muldrow hit a huge 3-pointer with 53 seconds remaining that put South Carolina ahead 66-62, and Ellington took over from there.
Erving Walker led the Gators (13-4, 2-1) with 17 points. Patric Young and Vernon Macklin added 12 apiece for Florida, which came up short after rallying from a 10-point deficit in the second half.