COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Four losses in five games made South Carolina a lock for a first NCAA tournament bid in 13 years start to get shaky. Then an 18-point lead against Tennessee on Saturday was suddenly just four.
But that's when senior Duane Notice took over, hitting three of his five 3-pointers in just over two minutes to lead the Gamecocks to a 82-55 win over the Volunteers (15-14, 7-9 Southeastern Conference) on Saturday.
Notice and his fellow seniors are determined to end the fifth longest NCAA tournament drought by a power conference team next month. "We don't want the farewell tour to end," said Notice, who scored 15 points, all of them on 3s.