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Gamecocks earn their first win of the new season

Carolina looks sharper in game two of the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.
Credit: AP
South Carolina's AJ Lawson (00) celebrates with Jermaine Couisnard (5) and T.J. Moss (1) after making a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tulsa Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jermaine Couisnard scored 20 points, AJ Lawson added 17 points, and South Carolina beat Tulsa 69-58 in the Hall of Fame Classic. South Carolina trailed 51-49 with 10:47 left after Tulsa’s 11-3 run. 

But the Gamecocks answered with a 15-0 spurt to push their lead into double figures for the rest of the way. Tulsa went scoreless for nine-plus minutes in the second half, missing 13 consecutive field goals. 

Brandon Rachal scored 14 points for Tulsa, and Keyshawn Embery-Simpson and Elijah Joiner each added 11 points.