The handshake: Mr. K-State still going strong at 89
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Everyone should shake hands with Ernie Barrett once in their life.
Seriously. If you haven't met him before, you're missing out.
South Carolina freshman AJ Lawson declares for NBA draft
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina guard A.J. Lawson is declaring for the NBA draft. He is not signing with an agent and leaving open the option to return to school.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin says freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard will be eligible to play for the Gamecocks next fall.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin was thrilled his team ended its losing streak with a win against Texas A&M on Tuesday night.
South Carolina G Lawson out 2 games with ankle sprain
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Add South Carolina's second leading scorer, A.J. Lawson, to those sidelined for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina coach Frank Martin said Lawson will miss at least the next...
South Carolina trails big, wins again 79-64 over Ole Miss
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina keeps digging a hole and then the Gamecocks keep finding a way to pull themselves out.
South Carolina (14-12, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) won its fifth...
Lawson’s 3s send South Carolina past Texas A&M 84-77
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin has a simple explanation for his team's sudden surge from the outside — the play of forward Chris Silva around the basket.
Martin said Silva has been a take-charge player down low, causing opponents to send several players inside to slow him down and opening up the outside for the Gamecocks to make some shots.
Gamecocks’ Hinson giving up basketball to focus on football
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina guard Evan Hinson is giving up his spot on the basketball team to concentrate on football.
Gamecocks basketball coach Frank Martin announced Hinson's decision to stop playing two sports Wednesday.
South Carolina holds off Georgia rallies in 86-80 win
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Now that Chris Silva and his coach are on the same page, there may be no stopping the South Carolina forward.
Silva and A.J. Lawson scored 19 points apiece as South Carolina ended a two-game losing streak with an 86-80 win over Georgia on Saturday.
Over the last three games, Silva has scored 32 against Auburn, 15 against Oklahoma State and 28 against No. 1 Tennessee. The two games before that he scored nine total.
Coach Frank Martin said he mishandled Silva earlier this year.
Silva’s 32 lead Gamecocks to 80-77 win over No. 16 Auburn
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of Frank Martin's best coaching moments this season for South Carolina came away from the games or the practice court. He counseled his senior leader Chris Silva to forget about the team's early problems and savor every minute he had left to play.
Silva has taken that advice and powered the Gamecocks' surprising run through the Southeastern Conference.
South Carolina bolts to top of SEC basketball standings
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin kept saying as the awful losses piled up that his young team needed time to develop.
The Gamecocks are playing like that time has arrived.
South Carolina (8-7), which lost to mid-majors in Stony Brook and Wofford in November, is arguably the biggest early season surprise in the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks are tied atop the league standings at 3-0 with No. 3 Tennessee and No. 18 Mississippi.
S Carolina stays perfect in SEC with 85-75 win over Missouri
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No one else might have believed in South Carolina as they entered Southeastern Conference play as the only team with a losing record, but Gamecocks coach Frank Martin made sure his team didn't lose faith.
Keyshawn Bryant scored 15 points and Chris Silva added 14 points as South Carolina (8-7, 3-0 SEC) continued its surprising league start with an 85-75 win over Missouri on Sunday. It's only the third time in 28 seasons the Gamecocks have won their first three SEC games.
South Carolina freshman Moss to miss season after surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina freshman point guard T.J. Moss will miss the rest of the season after having ankle and foot surgery earlier this week.
Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said Friday that Moss will take a medical redshirt season. Moss is expected to make a complete recovery and return next season.
Moss suffered a right high ankle sprain and reaggravated a previous foot injury at practice on Dec. 18.
South Carolina stuns No. 14 Mississippi State 87-82 in OT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The only Southeastern Conference team with a losing record in nonconference play is now on top of the league.
Maik Kotsar scored a career-high 25 points and had nine rebounds to lead South Carolina to an 87-82 overtime upset of No. 14 Mississippi State on Tuesday.
Silva’s late dunk lifts South Carolina over Florida 71-69
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A precision pass the length of the court. A grown-man seal against two defenders. A dunk that stunned the home crowd and sent the South Carolina bench into a frenzy.
It was a final play executed to perfection.
Chris Silva's slam following a full-court pass from Felipe Haase with 2.5 seconds remaining gave South Carolina a 71-69 victory over Florida in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday night.
Lawson’s 22 lift South Carolina to 97-46 win over Crusaders
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After a month of defeats, South Carolina was anxious for a win — no matter who it came against.
The Gamecocks got 22 points from freshman A.J. Lawson and 21 from Chris Silva to end a four-game losing streak with a 97-46 rout of Division II North Greenville on Monday.
No. 5 Michigan stays unbeaten, tops South Carolina 89-78
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin had a simple explanation for why Michigan's Jordan Poole is so tough to defend.
"He makes the easy shots, and he makes the hard shots," Martin said.
South Carolina starter Minaya to have surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina starting forward Justin Minaya will have surgery on his right knee this week and be out indefinitely.
Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Minaya's status Tuesday. Martin says the 6-foot-5 sophomore Minaya would begin rehab immediately, although a timetable for his return would be determined after the operation. Minaya hurt himself in practice this past Sunday. He missed Monday night's 81-61 loss to Southern Conference opponent Wofford.
South Carolina cruises past Norfolk State 81-64
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Senior guard Hassani Gravett and freshman guard A.J. Lawson scored 18 points apiece and South Carolina whipped Norfolk State 81-64 Tuesday night in its final tuneup before the conclusion of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tipoff.
South Carolina Preview Capsule
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina
Last season: 17-16, missed the postseason after a surprise Final Four run in 2017.
Coach: Frank Martin.
Who's gone: Guard Frank Booker, guard Wesley Myers, guard David Beatty (transfer).
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Frank Martin understood all along he might never get to coach Brian Bowen in a game and is just happy the 6-foot-7 forward whose name is part of the federal corruption case in college basketball had the chance to spend a few months with the Gamecocks.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Expect South Carolina coach Frank Martin to pay more attention to USC Upstate this fall.
New USC Upstate coach Dave Dickerson has announced his first recruiting class, which includes Martin's son Brandon.
The younger Martin is a 6-foot-6 forward who averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds during his senior year of high school. He then played a post-graduate season at a prep school in Connecticut.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's leading scorer and rebounder Chris Silva is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to the Gamecocks for his senior year.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Gabon, South Carolina, was named to the all-Southeastern Conference first team after averaging 14.3 points and eight rebounds last season. He declared for the draft last month and met with several NBA teams. Silva was not part of the league's draft combine last week.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Frank Martin is confident South Carolina will take a step forward next season, no matter who is on court for the Gamecocks.
Dismissal, transfers, NBA draft have Gamecocks in flux
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin's responses to questions about next year's roster seem to change daily.
Transfers, the NBA draft and one dismissal has left Martin's program in flux with as many as seven players from last year's roster who might not return. The scenario has Martin a little frustrated with the system.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina point guard Rakym Felder is no longer part of the Gamecocks basketball team.
Felder, a key freshman reserve for South Carolina's Final Four team two years ago, was dismissed from the program by coach Frank Martin on Monday.
The 5-foot-10 Felder, from Brooklyn, New York, was suspended last summer after his second arrest in less than a year. Felder was not enrolled last fall. He was allowed to return in the spring semester although he did not play.
South Carolina’s leading scorer Silva opts for NBA draft
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's top scorer and rebounder, Chris Silva, has decided to enter the NBA draft.
Silva announced his intentions through the school Tuesday. Silva says he won't hire an agent, which allows him to return to the Gamecocks for his senior year if he chooses.
The 6-foot-9 Silva averaged 14.3 points and eight rebounds a game last year, earning a spot on the all-Southeastern Conference first team. Silva was also co-SEC defensive player of the year.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Reserve guard David Beatty has been granted a full release from South Carolina's men's basketball program.
Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Beatty's status on Monday.
Beatty, a 6-foot-2 guard from Philadelphia, played in 29 games off the bench this year, averaging less than 12 minutes a game. Beatty had a reputation as a scorer in high school, but shot just 25 percent this season (30-of-118).
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two reserve forwards, sophomore Khadim Gueye and freshman Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia, are leaving South Carolina's men's basketball program.
Gamecocks Frank Martin said in a statement Wednesday that the 7-foot Gueye and the 6-6 Famouke Doumbia asked for and were granted their full releases.
Gueye, from Senegal, saw his playing time decrease from 7 minutes a game in 28 games as a freshman to 5 minutes per game in 17 contests this season.
Who will be the next men’s basketball coach at UConn?
A simple question on the minds of Husky fans everywhere since a week ago when Kevin Ollie was fired by the university for “just cause.”
Will it be Dan Hurley, the head coach at Rhode Island considered by most to be at the top of UConn athletic director Dave Benedict’s wish list?
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Silva didn't have his usual energy level on Wednesday night, at least in the eyes of South Carolina coach Frank Martin.
If that was an off night for Silva, then the Gamecocks are in good hands moving forward in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Led by Silva's 21 points and 11 rebounds, 11th-seeded South Carolina (17-15) rallied from five points down in the second half to defeat Mississippi 85-84 in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday night.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Last season's surprise Final Four team in South Carolina will need another huge surprise at the Southeastern Conference Tournament if it hopes to return to the tournament this year.
The Gamecocks (16-15, 7-11 SEC) followed a strong season in 2016-17 with a stunning run through the NCAA Tournament to reach the school's first Final Four in men's hoops.
Auburn starter McLemore taken off court on stretcher
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Auburn starting forward Anfernee McLemore left the court on a stretcher after a gruesome-looking injury to his left leg late in the first half against South Carolina on Saturday.
Auburn said McLemore suffered a dislocated left ankle and was taken to a hospital for X-rays.
McLemore came down hard and immediately started shouting in pain as medical personnel quickly surrounded him.
South Carolina reserve guard Holden has left team
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Injured South Carolina guard Kory Holden has left the team.
Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Holden's decision on Saturday, a short time before South Carolina took on No. 10 Auburn at home.
South Carolina’s slide from Final Four to outside the NCAAs
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A year ago, surging South Carolina was building for a run to the Final Four. These days, the Gamecocks are struggling to keep their heads above .500 on their longest losing streak in four years that threatens to keep them out of the NCAA Tournament altogether.
Williams helps No. 18 Tennessee outlast South Carolina 70-67
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin couldn't help but see the similarities between the team he faced Tuesday and the Final Four squad he coached last season.
"(Tennessee) reminds me a lot of my team last year, just a team that's tied at the hip and relentless on both ends of the floor," Martin said after the Gamecocks lost 70-67 to the 18th-ranked Volunteers.
South Carolina men’s coach Frank Martin fined $25,000 by SEC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference fined South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin $25,000 for comments about an official that issued him a technical foul during a home loss to Florida.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey Monday also reprimanded Martin for his comments.
Florida rolls past South Carolina 65-41
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Florida continued to solidify its postseason prospects with a 65-41 win over South Carolina on Saturday.
Gilder with 15 as Texas A&M wallops South Carolina 83-60
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M is back to playing the way it did in earning a high ranking prior to league action, and that should earn the attention of the rest of the Southeastern Conference.
"They've got their team back together," South Carolina coach Frank Martin said of the suddenly-surging Aggies. "There's a reason why they were top five in the country."
Evans leads No. 14 Texas Tech to 70-63 win over SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As soon as Keenan Evans saw his go-ahead 3-pointer go through the net, the Texas Tech senior had a message for the Red Raiders.
"OK, we're here," Evans told them. "Let's finish this game."
Thanks to Evans, No. 14 Texas Tech did. Evans scored 31 points and Texas Tech rallied from five points down with 6 minutes left to defeat South Carolina 70-63 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.
South Carolina makes 11 3s, upsets No. 20 Florida 77-72
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — South Carolina has two resume-boosting wins in the last eight days.
The latest one might be even bigger than the first, which came against Kentucky .
Wesley Myers scored a season-high 22 points, Chris Silva added another double-double and the Gamecocks upset No. 20 Florida 77-72 on Wednesday night.
South Carolina moving up in SEC basketball standings
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Early on South Carolina didn't look much like the Final Four team it was a year ago. Lately, though, the Gamecocks are have turned things around, both on and off the court.
South Carolina coach sees no down in adding suspended Bowen
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin doesn't see adding Brian Bowen Jr. as a risk, only as an opportunity to give the Louisville transfer a new chance to play in college.
"I don't judge people for their successes or their mistakes, that's not who I am," Martin said Thursday. "I'm into teaching, I'm into educating. I'm into helping people."
Suspended Louisville forward Bowen enrolls at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Suspended Louisville freshman Brian Bowen Jr. has signed to play with South Carolina.
Bowen was held out of practices and games after Louisville announced it was being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe of bribery in college basketball that led to the firing of coach Rick Pitino.
Silva leads South Carolina to 71-60 win over Vanderbilt
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It has been said that, as Chris Silva goes, so goes South Carolina.
Silva scored a career-high 27 points and had eight rebounds and South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 71-60 on Saturday for its first Southeastern Conference win of the season.
South Carolina coach Frank Martin, who has been disappointed in his team's play of late, was pleased.
COLUMBIA, S.C. • Trying to break another streak he inherited but hadn’t earned, Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin scribbled the same word over and over again on the marker board inside the visitor’s locker room at Colonial Life Arena.
That’s what it would take to get out of South Carolina unscathed against Frank Martin’s Gamecocks, a roster that hardly resembles last year’s Final Four team but still plays with the same edge, especially at home.
COLUMBIA, S.C. • Greetings from the other Columbia, where it’s unseasonably chilly across the Palmetto State, especially along the coastal cities where Winter Storm Grayson is unleashing snow, sleet and freezing rain. Thankfully, we’re far enough inland here in the capital city to avoid Grayson’s path of arctic terror.
Suspended Gamecocks G Felder to return to school
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina suspended guard Rakym Felder will return to school in January, although Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said he won't play for the team this season.
Martin announced Felder's status on Friday. Felder was suspended indefinitely this summer after his arrest on assault charges. Those charges were dismissed in September.
Martin said he met with Felder recently and has given him an unspecified set of things to do before he can return to the Gamecocks.
South Carolina beats Limestone 74-45
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Frank Booker was 5 for 9 from 3-point range and scored 17 points to lead South Carolina to a 74-45 victory over Limestone on Wednesday.
Freshman David Beatty added 16 points for the Gamecocks (9-3) while Maik Kotsar had 13.
South Carolina closed the first half on a 17-2 run to take a 34-25 lead. The Gamecocks scored the first 12 points of the second half to take control.
Kenny Hairston had 14 points for the Division II Saints (6-8) and T.J. Shappard added 12.
Gravett 3-point play lifts South Carolina to 80-78 victory
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For most of Saturday's game against Coastal Carolina, South Carolina point guard Hassani Gravett was in Gamecock coach Frank Martin's doghouse.
Despite struggling on both ends of the court, Gravett stepped up with 6.5 second remaining to make a 3-point play to give the Gamecocks an 80-78 come-from-behind victory over Coastal Carolina.