'Cocks beat Tigers 82-73 in OT

South Carolina raced past LSU in overtime to win 82-73 and collect its first conference win of the season. Come inside with TSD's Ben Love for postgame reaction.

Something had to give.

Two teams winless in conference play went to five extra minutes Wednesday night in the PMAC, and somebody had to come out of overtime a winner.

South Carolina became that somebody, convincingly running past LSU 13-4 in the extra frame to win 82-73.

The Gamecocks, paced by 21 second-half points from forward Michael Carrera, were too much for the Tigers down the stretch. Carrera, who finished with 23 points, and guard Brenton Williams each sank 9-of-10 free throw attempts.

South Carolina as a team went to the line 37 times in Baton Rouge, making 28. LSU, by comparison, went only 16 times, making 13.

Johnny Jones' Tigers were led by point guard Anthony Hickey, who posted 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists, but did turn the ball over five times.

LSU collectively turned it over 22 times, seven more than the visiting Gamecocks.

The Tigers are now 9-5, 0-3 in SEC play, while the Gamecocks improve to 11-5, 1-2 in league games.

For more in-depth analysis, final stats and postgame reaction from LSU players and Coach Jones (including thoughts on Johnny O'Bryant's attempted game winner at the end of regulation), click on the think at the bottom of this post.

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GAME THREAD

LSU (9-4, 0-2) and South Carolina (10-5, 0-2) are underway inside the PMAC. The game will be somewhat difficult to find on TV (ESPN3), so follow along inside for live updates and observations from TSD's Ben Love.

South Carolina beats LSU in overtime


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