National Basketball Association
South Carolina 84, Massachusetts 80
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Where: William D. Mullins Memorial Center, Amherst, Massachusetts
Officials: # Michael Stephens, # Anthony Greene, # Bart Lenox
Attendance: 3043

Sophomore guard Jermaine Couisnard tied a career high with 16 points and sophomore forward Keyshawn Bryant chipped in 13 in his season debut as South Carolina's bench paced it to an 84-80 win at Massachusetts on Wednesday night in Amherst, Mass.

The Gamecocks got 42 points from its reserves, with Couisnard making 7 of 11 shots while also dishing out six assists. Bryant, who had knee surgery on Oct. 31, was 5 of 9 from the field, and scored five points in a 33-second span late in the second half.

South Carolina (6-3) led 39-35 at halftime after trailing by as many as nine early, the product of six turnovers in the game's first five minutes. The Gamecocks trailed 19-10 before going on a 10-0 run to lead 20-19 with 6:37 to go before the break.

Breaking the press enabled Carolina to get back in it, while its zone defense slowed UMass (5-4) down after it started 3 of 5 from three-point range.

An alley-oop dunk and foul by sophomore forward Sy Chatman put UMass in the double bonus for the final 10 minutes, but South Carolina was able to build a 64-61 lead with 7:58 left thanks to its transition game. The Gamecocks had 22 fast-break points to 11 for UMass as they shot 55 percent and had a 52-22 edge in points in the paint.

Back-to-back buckets by Bryant put Carolina up 75-66, then A.J. Lawson hit a 3 to extend to a 78-67 lead. Lawson had a team high 24 for the Gamecocks, making 8 of 13 shots, and his two free throws with 6.2 seconds left iced the game after UMass hit a pair of 3s in the final 23 seconds to get within 82-80.

It was the first true road game for South Carolina, which went 4-8 on the road last season and had lost its last four nonconference road games.

UMass, which dropped its fourth straight after a 5-0 start, got 17 points from freshman center Tre Mitchell and 16 from freshman guard Sean East II.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
South Carolina   Massachusetts
A.J. Lawson 24 Scoring Tre Mitchell 17
Jermaine Couisnard 6 Assists Keon Clergeot 4
Maik Kotsar 9 Rebounds Carl Pierre 9
A.J. Lawson 6 Free Throws Made Sean East 7
Maik Kotsar 3 Steals T.J. Weeks 4
Jermaine Couisnard 1 Blocks Sy Chatman 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
South Carolina 84 55.0 2-10 16-26 22 28 2 9 16
Massachusetts 80 46.9 10-23 24-34 16 28 4 7 19