CONWAY, S.C. (AP) South Carolina started the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off with a clunker. Coach Frank Martin could at least feel better about the way the Gamecocks finished it in the fifth-place game.
Wesley Myers and Chris Silva each scored 14 points, while South Carolina took control after halftime to beat Western Michigan 79-66 on Sunday.
The Gamecocks (4-1) started slow and trailed 13-2 before leading 35-34 at the break. They took over by running off 14 unanswered points during a 17-1 run while holding Western Michigan (2-3) without a basket for nearly 8 1/2 minutes.