South Carolina holds off UAB from the free-throw line, 66-63

South Carolina moves to 3-1 with a win over UAB on Thursday
South Carolina moves to 3-1 with a win over UAB on Thursday(South Carolina Athletics)
Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 12:38 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Devin Carter hit two free throws with two seconds left and South Carolina held off UAB to earn a 66-63 win Thursday night, handing the Blazers their first loss in four games.

James Reese V hit a 3-pointer with just under three minutes left to put the Gamecocks in front by five, 62-57, but UAB battled back behind two free throws from Michael Ertel and two more from Jordan Walker with 1:02 left. Walker missed a layup with :06 left and Carter drew the foul and made both free throws to make it 64-61. Walker hit two free throws to make it a one-point game, 64-63, and Carter drew the foul on the inbounds pass and closed the game out at the line.

Erik Stevenson finished with 15 points to lead South Carolina (3-1) but fouled out with 1:44 left. Reese added 14 points, Wildens Leveque 13 and Carter contributed 12 points off the bench, hitting 6 of 10 from the free-throw line.

Walker paced UAB with 15 points, dished three assists and collected four steals. Quan Jackson and Ertel each added 12 points.


> South Carolina was stout on defense from start to finish on Thursday night, holding UAB to 34 percent shooting (21-for-61).


> South Carolina rookie guard Devin Carter was in double figures for the Gamecocks for the second straight game, scoring 12 behind a 3-of-6 performance from the field, and connecting on 6-of-10 at the free throw line. Carter was 4-of-4 from the line in the final five seconds of play to seal the win.

> Senior guard Erik Stevenson hit a season high three 3-pointers in the win. He finished with 15 points and a steal vs. the Blazers.

> For the second straight game, graduate guard James Reese V hit four 3-pointers. Over his last two games he is 8-of-14 (57.1%) from beyond the arc.

> Junior forward Wildens Leveque connected on a career high seven free throws in the win vs. UAB. He finished 7-of-8 from the line, and scored 13 points overall.


Carolina continues its homestand next Tuesday, Nov. 23, when Wofford visits Colonial Life Arena. Tip time vs. the Terriers is set for 7 p.m. ET. Dave Weinstein (play-by-play) and John Williams (analyst) will have the SEC Network+ broadcast.