By: Candace Favor
The men's Gamecock basketball beat LSU in the first round of the SEC tournament, but suffered a disappointing loss to Tennessee in Game 2 to end Coach Dave Odom's final season at USC.
South Carolina beat LSU 77-73 in their opening game. Carolina had a 10 point lead in the first half. There was some juggling back and forth in the second half of the game. USC junior Zam Fredrick managed to steal the ball with only three seconds left and seal the Gamecocks' win.
The Gamecocks lost to the Tennessee Volunteers, who rank No. 4 in the SEC, in their second game of the tournament. Tennessee started the game with a 9-0 run. In the second half USC had a 6-0 run with Dominique Archie giving the Gamecocks a one point lead. Tyler Smith of Tennessee took the lead back, but Archie was able to score again giving Carolina a 87-86 lead.
After a time-out, Tennessee's Chris Lofton hit a 3-point shot giving the Volunteers an 89-87 victory.
The Gamecocks aren't going to any post-season tournaments because the did not finish with a record of .500 or better. The Gamecocks finished the with a overall record of 14 wins and 18 losses.