Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gamecocks Keep Tide Low 72-61 NC State Dumps Duke 66-60 in the Acc Tournament

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gamecocks Keep Tide Low 72-61 NC State Dumps Duke 66-60 in the Acc Tournament

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B.J. McKie scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers, as No. 4 South Carolina downed Alabama 72-61 Friday in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals in Memphis, Tenn.

South Carolina (24-6) qualified for its first SEC semifinal with its best shooting performance of the season. The Gamecocks will play either No. 24 Georgia or Arkansas today.

While the Gamecocks found the range, Alabama (17-14) had trouble locating the basket. The Crimson Tide missed six of its first seven shots and was nine of 32 (two of 11 from 3-point range) in the first half, just 24 hours after hitting a school-record 14 3-pointers against Florida. The Gamecocks never trailed as they hit their first three shots in opening up a 10-2 lead, Melvin Watson leading the way with eight points. They led by as much as 29-12 with 4:58 left before intermission, thanks to a 6-0 run capped by McKie, who had 11 points in the first half. South Carolina shot 60 percent, including eight of 17 beyond the arc, topping the 59 percent the Gamecocks had against Tennessee in January. Davis and Watson each had 15 points for South Carolina, which hadn't played since beating Kentucky at Lexington last Sunday. Demetrius Alexander (Hazelwood Central) tried to rally Alabama to start the second half, scoring six of the Crimson Tide's first eight points. Alabama began shooting better, and a Brian Williams jumper pulled the Tide to 47-40 with 12:37 left. Williams led Alabama with 23 points and Alexander had 14. NC State 66, Duke 60: Suddenly, the NIT isn't good enough for North Carolina State. After starting the Atlantic Coast Conference season a miserable 0-8, the Wolfpack pulled off one of the biggest upsets in ACC tournament history Friday, dumping top-seeded and No. 7 Duke 66-60. C.C. Harrison scored 28 points as the upstart Wolfpack (15-13) advanced to the semifinals for the first time in a decade and will play fifth-seeded and No. …

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