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SC upsets Duke to earn Sweet 16 bid

21 March 2017, 02:01 | Max Haynes

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And now the Gamecocks are headed back there, after what may go down as the program's greatest victory.

The Gamecocks shot for 71% from the floor, according to The New York Times.

"I don't know if all the other regions went chalk, but it's 1, 2, 3, 4 in the South", Bruins coach Steve Alford said.

"We're not satisfied", Thornwell said after leading his team to another history-making tournament win. I'm disappointed that we didn't win tonight.

They led 60-53 with less than nine minutes to play, resulting in Duke's second timeout of the half. This wound up biting them in the butt in the end, as SC dominated the entire second half.

"It was actually the most physical game we've played in all year", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

"I think we were hitting our strides at the end of the year".

Down by double digits, rallying to let a fourth-quarter lead slip from their hands, in most spots, this would be too much for even a team as good as these Gamecocks.

The Mount St. Mary's players wear warmups with "Mayhem" written on the back, and they caused quite a commotion in the early going.

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The Kentucky Wildcats' 19-2 run through the SEC looks a lot more impressive after the first weekend of NCAAS Tournament play. I know that was our ultimate goal, but each game gets tougher and SC was a very tough team. With boisterous encouragement from the 8,276 at Colonial Life Arena, USC pressed ahead behind Kaela Davis (20 points) and Allisha Gray (11 points, 8 rebounds, who had to be carried off the floor after a late injury), aided by a technical on Thorne on a call she later said she earned.

Duke was the preseason No. 1 team and seemed to have gained traction by winning four games in four days to capture the ACC tournament title.

As he has all season, Thornwell led the way - scoring 24 points. The gilded program had reached the Sweet 16 five times in seven seasons, but stomachs turned again as SC put the screws to the Blue Devils, bedeviling them with pressure that Duke proved ill equipped to handle all night.

"The time on the clock, it felt like an eternity was going by", Notice said.

Duke lost three of four two separate times during the ACC season. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 4.1. "We got worn down. We competed incredibly well and I could not be more proud". "We had 23 fouls and we average 14 a game". "And just to say thank you".

"When you shoot 7 for 35 in the first half and you're down just 7 points, I tell you, it just gives you confidence", Sindarius Thornwell, 22, a SC player said. The Gators held the Cavaliers to just 17 points in the first half as Tony Bennett's team shot just 29.6 percent for the night.

"Our guys were nervous to start the game", Martin said. It was stacked: Chris Duhon, Jay Williams, Dahntay Jones, Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer all played in this game and lost to one future National Basketball Association player: Jared Jeffries. He ventured into part of the crowd to kiss his family and hug fans. The fact that this is their last time leaving us tonight.

"It's nothing that we weren't able to accomplish, it's what they were able to accomplish and what they stopped us from doing". Suddenly Duke was out, and SC was in the Sweet 16 - both SC teams, in fact, because as the men were tipping off against Duke, Staley's women's team was wrapping up a squeaker over Arizona State back in Columbia.



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