No. 23 Baylor wins 66-64 over South Carolina

STEPHEN HAWKINS (AP Basketball Writer)
The Associated PressNovember 12, 2013
No. 23 Baylor wins 66-64 over South Carolina
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South Carolina's Michael Carrera (24) shoots over Baylor's Brady Heslip (5) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Brady Heslip scored 18 points with five 3-pointers and No. 23 Baylor held on for a 66-64 victory over South Carolina, without making a field goal in the final 7 minutes and having to wait out a lengthy review after the final buzzer Tuesday before officials determined there wasn't yet another foul in the game.

South Carolina (1-1) was desperately trying to get a tying basket, and the ball was still being batted around when the buzzer sounded at the same time a referee blew a whistle for an apparent foul. The refs reviewed the video before declaring the game was over.

The Gamecocks didn't score again after Sindarius Thornwell penetrated around 7-foot-1 Isaiah Austin with 4:20 left to tie the game at 64.

Thornwell, who finished with 20 points, got two shots up in the final 4 seconds. Michael Carrera then grabbed a rebound and went back up, drawing contact that led to the whistle.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin said officials did a good a job, and explained that the contact came after the red light came on indicating that time had run off the clock.

Austin had 14 points for Baylor (2-0). Taurean Prince had eight points and 12 rebounds.

The game was plagued by 55 fouls, as opposed to 37 field goals. Baylor shot only 51 percent on free throws (22 of 43). South Carolina was 25 of 36 on free throws.

South Carolina had a chance to take the lead with 2:27 left when Tyrone Johnson had a steal and breakaway, but he missed the layup.

Royce O'Neal made the first of his two free throws with 2:02 left for Baylor to finally break the 64-all tie. South Carolina then had a shot-clock violation, when Brenton Williams had to throw up a long shot and missed the rim after the ball had been knocked out of bounds with 4 seconds left on the shot clock.

Carrera blocked a shot by Cory Jefferson before Johnson missed another layup chance with 42 seconds left when Austin got a block.

Kenny Chery made a free throw for Baylor with 20 seconds left, setting up the final segment for the Gamecocks.

The Bears had a 63-59 lead with 7:14 left when Ish Wainright's inbound bounce pass to Rico Gathers led to a layup their last made field goal of the game. Gathers missed a free throw.

Heslip had three of his 3-pointers in a 5-minute span of the second half, when the Bears went from a five-point to a four-point lead.

Early on, both teams seemingly could miss from the field. Baylor made its first six shots and the Gamecocks were 8 of 9 before missing consecutive shots, including a putback chance before a foul, less than 8 minutes into the game.

Baylor finished shooting 39 percent from the field (19 of 49) and South Carolina was at 36 percent (18 of 50).