COLUMBIA, S.C. ?? Ricardo Glenn scored a career-high 22 points and added 14 rebounds to lead SC-Upstate to a 74-68 victory over South Carolina Thursday at the Colonial Life Arena. SC-Upstate (6-5) came in 0-8 all-time against opponents from the SEC. They came close to breaking that streak earlier this year when they held a nine-point second-half lead against Tennessee before falling 74-65. But they withstood a late rally by South Carolina (2-5) this time.Trailing 52-51 with 7:40 remaining, the Spartans used a 10-2 run to forge ahead.
Glenn got things rolling with a lay-up, Ty Greene drained a jumper and added two free throws before Glenn and Torrey Craig had back-to-back rebound baskets to make it 61-54 with 4:49 remaining. The Gamecocks got as close as a point on two Ty Johnson free throws with 1:21 remaining but could never regain the lead. Fred Miller converted a three-point play with 53 seconds remaining to make it a two possession game. The Spartans scored seven straight points and sealed it when Miller slammed home a breakaway dunk in the final seconds. South Carolina missed three straight 3-point attempts in a minute span.
The Gamecocks led by as many as 17 in the first half but the Spartans erased most of that lead before the break. The South Carolina reserves spearheaded a 25-10 lead with 4:51 remaining in the half. Reserves Duane Notice, Brenton Williams and Laimonas Chatkevicius combined for 17 points during that run to give South Carolina a 33-16 lead with 4:51 remaining in the first half. The Spartans closed the half on a 17-4 run to trail 37-33 at the break. Torrey Craig, Ricardo Glenn and Karim Mawuenyega each contributed four points during that stretch.
USC Upstate will play at Charlotte on Saturday. South Carolina will participate in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic beginning Sunday. South Carolina announced before the game that sophomore forward Michael Carrera would be suspended for the game after being involved in a post-game altercation following Tuesday's loss to Manhattan. Carrera is averaging 7.5 points and 5. 7 rebounds, second-best on the team.