Gaines, Frazier lead Georgia to 74-72 victory

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Kenny Gaines scored 20 points, J.J. Frazier hit the go-ahead basket and Georgia rallied in the final four minutes to defeat South Carolina 74-72 on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs were up 43-34 early in the second half, yet trailed 63-60 on Sindarius Thornwell’s driving bucket with 3:31 to go. That’s when Georgia (16-12, 9-8 Southeastern Conference) got going and finished the game on a 14-9 burst to win its second straight game.

Frazier drove the lane and banked home the winning bucket. After Yante Maten put back Frazier’s miss, Georgia’s leading scorer followed with a dead-on 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 69-63 lead with 1:13 to play.

South Carolina (23-7, 10-7) could not respond.

Frazier finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Maten had 13 points for Georgia.

The Gamecocks were once certain locks for the NCAA tournament, but they’ve lost four of their past six.

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