COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Sindarius Thornwell waited to play a game like this his entire career. The South Carolina senior wasn't going to let the opportunity pass him by.
Thornwell scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half as the 24th-ranked Gamecocks' defense smothered high-scoring No. 19 Florida much of the way for a 57-53 victory Wednesday night.
The Gamecocks (15-3, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) opened the second half with a 14-2 run and held on down the stretch when the Gators (15-4, 5-1) drew within 54-53 on Chris Chiozza's shot with 40.3 seconds to go. PJ Dozier drove for South Carolina's final basket and Florida fumbled it out of bounds on its next possession.