COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - P.J. Dozier scored all six of his points in overtime, including a 10-foot, baseline jumper at the buzzer to give South Carolina a 70-69 win against Monmouth on Tuesday night.
Sindarius Thornwell had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Duane Notice scored 15 points and Chris Silva added 10 with 10 rebounds for South Carolina (3-0).
Dozier's game winner came after Monmouth's Je'lon Hornbeak converted a 3-point play to give the Hawks a one-point lead with 1:02 remaining.
Chris Brady led Monmouth (1-1) with 17 points.
The Gamecocks opened the game with a 13-0 run and a layup by Thornwell gave them their biggest lead, 40-22, with 15:23 left in regulation but Collin Stewart answered with a 3-pointer, sparking a 16-3 run that pulled the Hawks within four fewer than five minutes later.
Diago Quinn's putback with 6:52 left gave Monmouth its first lead, 52-50. Thornwell answered with a 3-pointer and, after an offensive foul by the Hawks' Austin Tilghman, a put-back layup and the Gamecocks didn't trail in regulation again.
Monmouth's Micah Seaborn hit two free throws with 19 seconds remaining to send it to overtime.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks continue to be a guard-dominated offense. Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice and P.J. Dozier entered averaging 46.5 of the team's 83-point average. Although Dozier was held scoreless in regulation, Notice and Thornwell scored 34 of the Gamecocks points before OT.
Monmouth: Center Chris Brady, who entered the game averaging 13 points and six rebounds, kept the Hawks in contention with several key rebounds and big baskets in the second half. He finished with 17 and 10 rebounds.
South Carolina hosts South Carolina State on Friday
Monmouth travels to Syracuse on Friday
Willie T. Smith, Associated Press