South Carolina's size trumped Virginia's quickness as Antonio Grant scored 13 points and Tony Kitchings added nine points--all in the second half--to lead the Gamecocks to a 73-71 victory over Virginia yesterday in a men's basketball game at the Puerto Rico Shootout in Bayamon.
South Carolina (3-0) will face No. 3 Michigan State today. The Spartans defeated Providence, 82-58.
Cavaliers Coach Pete Gillen will face his former team, Providence, in today's second round. Gillen left the Friars two seasons ago.
Virginia (2-1) planned to force South Carolina into mistakes. Instead the Cavaliers committed them. After making 6 of 13 three-pointers in the first half, they made 1 of 7 in the second half.
Grant, Kitchings and Marius Petravicius used their size advantage to great effect under the basket. Kitchings scored seven points and Petravicius and Grant added four apiece as the Gamecocks went on a 21-3 run to take a 61-49 lead.
Keith Friel's three free throws brought Virginia within 73-71 with 39 seconds remaining. Friel had a chance to win at the buzzer, but his one-hander bounced off the rim.
It is the second time in three seasons the Gamecocks have opened with three wins. But this may have been one of their more unlikely victories. They have just one senior, Herbert Lee Davis, and one junior in Grant, who left with 2:20 remaining after hurting his right knee.
Colin Ducharme scored six of his eight first-half points in the final five minutes to put Virginia up, 36-33, at halftime.
* MICHIGAN STATE 82, PROVIDENCE 58: Morris Peterson led the Spartans past the Friars in the Puerto Rico Shootout.
Peterson made a dunk and a three-pointer during a 16-0 run early in the second half that turned a tight game into a blowout at the Eugenio Guerra Sports Complex.
Peterson finished with 18 points; Charlie Bell added 15 points for Michigan State (2-0). Erron Maxey led Providence (1-2) with 22 points, including 13 in the first half.
Without Mateen Cleaves, an all-American guard who is out until January with a stress fracture, Michigan State started a lot shakier than the team that went to the Final Four last spring.
"You can see that," Coach Tom Izzo said. "Plays that should have gone for easy layups went for jump shots. It's going to take a while to adjust."
* TEXAS 88, ARIZONA STATE 71: Chris Mihm overcame a leg injury to lead the No. 20 Longhorns at the Puerto Rico Shootout.
Texas (2-0) today will face No. 18 DePaul, which beat American University of Puerto Rico, 114-69.
Gabe Muoneke led the Longhorns with 29 points; Mihm added 19 and Chris Owens had 17.
Mihm couldn't finish a driving layup near the game's start and sat several times in the opening half as trainers iced his right leg. He grimaced as he stepped back onto the court after halftime, but once play began the 7-footer looked dominating as ever. He converted an inside bucket and followed with a three-point play as Texas took a 48-34 lead. Mihm came out for good after falling with 9:02 left.
Freshman Shawn Redhage led the Sun Devils (1-1) with 17 points, all but two in the second half.
* DEPAUL 114, AMERICAN-PUERTO RICO 69: Paul McPherson scored 23 points, including 17 in the first half, to lead the Blue Demons (2-0) over the host school in the Puerto Rico Shootout. Teammate Quentin Richardson added 23 points.
DePaul will face Texas in today's second round. Division II American University of Puerto Rico fell to 0-1.
It was the second straight runaway victory for the Blue Demons, who beat Howard, 105-61, Saturday in their season opener. DePaul has put together consecutive 100-point games for the first time since 1968-69.
* WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lynn Pride scored 19 points and three teammates scored in double figures to lead No. 19 Kansas (3-0) to a 78-68 victory over Louisville (2-1) in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.