South Carolina holds off LSU 77-73 in opener of SEC tournament

By: associated press
By: associated press

ATLANTA (AP) -- South Carolina broke open a tight game with a 19-5 run and Dave Odom's retirement plans were put on hold as the Gamecocks beat LSU 77-73 in the opening game of the Southeastern
Conference tournament today.

South Carolina hit six 3-pointers after trailing 43-41 early in the second half.

Evaldas Baniulis had 16 points for South Carolina. Mike Holmes also had 16 and Dominique Archie added 15.

LSU led 54-52 before South Carolina took control, scoring 19 of 24 points for a 71-59 lead with 3:05 left. Baniulis had two 3-pointers during the run.

Anthony Randolph led LSU with 22 points.

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