Kelley's Strong Second Half Leads USC To Win

The South Carolina basketball team traveled to Waco, TX on Saturday evening for a clash with the 6-1 Baylor Bears. The Gamecocks erased a seven point second half Baylor lead, as Tre Kelley led USC to an emotional 64-59 comeback victory.

Kelley led all scorers with 26 points, including 17 in the second half to help the Gamecocks improve to a 6-2 record. Kelley's two three's in the final minute, including one with 15 seconds left, capped off USC's third road win of the season.

South Carolina overcame a 16-4 second half run by Baylor with a 13-5 run of their own. Senior Brandon Wallace helped erase the deficit with seven points, all in the second half, including a big three pointer with under five minutes remaining. The Gamecocks were 10-24 behind the arc, with Kelley leading the way with four.

Freshman Dominique Archie helped close the deal, going 4-4 from the free throw line in the final minute. Archie was 7-8 from the line for the game, and he finished with nine points and six rebounds.

The Gamecocks opened the second half with a three pointer by Dwayne Day and held their biggest lead of five points, but Baylor then went on a run and extended their lead at one point to seven.

For the second straight game, the Gamecocks out rebounded their opponent, this time 38-32. Wallace was the leading rebounder on the court with 12. South Carolina shot 40% from the floor, but as a team were only 8-15 shooting free throws.

The Gamecocks led at half time 29-27, thanks mainly to freshman Brandis Raley-Ross. His 11 points all came in the first half, including a clutch 3-pointer with under 30 seconds to go in the first period.

The Baylor Bears are now 6-2 on the year, with their only other loss coming to Gonzaga. Aaron Bruce led Baylor with 15 points, but was only 1-7 from behind the arc.

This was the first ever meeting between South Carolina and Baylor on the hardwood. The Gamecocks will have an 11 day layoff for exams, and their next opponent will be Princeton on December 20 in the Colonial Center.

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