COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina’s Maik Kotsar swished four free throws in the final 21 seconds to deliver an improbable 63-61 win over Tennessee on Saturday.
“Kotsar last year would avoid getting fouled because he did not want to shoot a free throw,” coach Frank Martin said. “Then he has the courage to hit four, and they weren’t Hail Marys. They were all in the bottom of the net.”
Trailing 60-59 with 1:15 to play, the Gamecocks (16-9, 8-4 SEC) were kicking themselves for their own mistakes. One of the nation’s worst teams at fouling and shooting free throws was once again living up to its twin reputation, with 24 fouls and 13 misses from the line.