Carolina used a 16-7 run in the final four minutes to defeat arch-rival Clemson 57-48 at the Field House in Columbia.
It was a nip-and-tuck game until the late Carolina flurry. The Tigers’ Gary Helms tied the game at 41 with a basket at the 8:53 mark of the second half. Skip Harlicka matched Helms on the other end with a jumper from the circle, giving Carolina the lead for good.
The victory ran the USC record to 6-1 on the season.
Al Salvidori (17 pts.), Jack Thompson (13 pts.), and Frank Standard (11 rebs.) were the big stars for the Gamecocks in this one.