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National Invitation Tournament

South Carolina Claims Title

South Carolina 60, Saint Joseph's 57

Associated Press
Friday, April 1, 2005; Page D07

NEW YORK, March 31 -- Carlos Powell's final collegiate game went better than Pat Carroll's.

Tarence Kinsey drilled a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining Thursday night to give Powell and South Carolina their first NIT championship, 60-57, over Saint Joseph's.

Kinsey let his winning shot go just six seconds after Carroll tied it for the Hawks (24-12) with a three-pointer of his own. But that was one of the few shots Carroll, the Atlantic 10 co-player of the year, could get to go down. He finished 5 for 19, including 2 of 13 from three-point range.

Powell scored a game-high 16 points and was chosen as the tournament most valuable player. Carroll's stellar career ended with a 15-point performance, after averaging 20.6 in the Hawks' first five NIT games.

South Carolina (20-13) reached 20 wins for the third time in Coach Dave Odom's first four seasons there. The Gamecocks lost the 2002 NIT title game to Memphis.

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