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.