South Carolina took the lead when Tre Kelley made two free throws after being fouled by Ross Neltner to give the Gamecocks a 73-71 lead with 3:39 remaining. Kelley finished with 32 points, making 3 of 4 from 3-point range and 11 of 13 free throws to lead the Gamecocks.
South Carolina could not convert with 10 seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied 81-81. Vanderbilt forced a jump ball and but the possession arrow favored the Gamecocks. A tight defense by Vanderbilt prevented the home team from even getting a shot off in the final seconds.
Vanderbilt dominated the overtime as Byars, who had been held in check much of the game, drilled a 3-pointer to give Vanderbilt an early 84-81 lead. After Kelley added another free throw Byars struck again from 3-point range to give Vanderbilt an 87-82 lead with four minutes remaining. After a JeJuan Brown bucket put Vanderbilt up 91-85 with 2:15 remaining South Carolina began to foul. The Commodores made 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal their 20th victory of the season.
A happy Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings credited the big play after Byars missed free throw for helping secure the win, "Obviously it was a hard fought game. It was a game that we had control of, and they came back and got some measure of control late. They were up four, and we were at the line and we missed the free throw, and then got the tap out, which turned into a three-pointer. It was a four-point play to tie the game up. I thought that was very significant."