COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Malik Cooke had 13 points including the go-ahead basket with 19 seconds left and Damontre Harris blocked a layup attempt by Georgia’s Gerald Robinson Jr. to save South Carolina’s 57-56 victory Wednesday night.
The Gamecocks (10-15, 2-9 Southeastern Conference) snapped a five-game losing with the wild finish.
Bruce Ellington had the chance to extend South Carolina’s lead after Harris’ big block, but missed his foul shot. That gave the Bulldogs one last chance. However, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was too strong on his 3-pointer and Cooke got his hands on the rebound.
There was a tie-up call and Georgia (12-13, 3-8) got 0.2 seconds to pull off a miracle. But Connor Notle’s inbounds pass went off the side of the backboard to end the game.
Robinson led Georgia with 11 points.