COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No person else may have believed in South Carolina as they entered Southeastern Convention play as the one workforce with a shedding document, however Gamecocks trainer Frank Martin made certain his workforce did not lose religion.

Keyshawn Bryant scored 15 issues and Chris Silva added 14 issues as South Carolina (Eight-7, Three-Zero SEC) persisted its sudden league get started with an 85-75 win over Missouri on Sunday. It is just the 3rd time in 28 seasons the Gamecocks have received their first 3 SEC video games.

“Younger guys, guy,” Frank Martin mentioned when requested what has took place to a South Carolina workforce that went Five-7 in non-conference with losses to Stony Brook and Wofford. “Being a excellent workforce isn’t like flipping a mild transfer.”

On Sunday, it was once a mix of the freshman Bryant’s 7-of-Nine taking pictures and Silva’s taking benefit after Missouri’s giant guy, Jeremiah Tilmon, fouling out with 12:57 left looking to submit up on Silva.

“No matter what state of affairs we’re in — trainer all the time believes in us,” Silva mentioned.

The Gamecocks led all of the moment part, however the Tigers (Nine-Five, Zero-2) stored striking round. Thrice Missouri reduce the result in 3 however could not get nearer.

The ultimate time got here on Javon Pickett’s Three-pointer with Three:17 left. However Felipe Hasse and A.J. Lawson hit back-to-back Three-pointers to position South Carolina forward 79-70 with 2:03 to head.

Hasse added 14 issues and 6 rebounds for the Gamecocks.

The freshman Pickett led all scorers with a career-high 21 issues. Mark Smith and Jordan Geist each and every added 14 for the Tigers.

The sport was once initially scheduled for Saturday afternoon, however Columbia, Missouri won a couple of foot of snow Friday into Saturday, and the Tigers could not make it out of the city till Saturday.

TILMON’S TROUBLES

It is been a coarse 3 video games for Tillmon. The sophomore has fouled out of 3 video games in a row, and his 13 mins Sunday was once his longest trip of the 3.

Tillmon was once disqualified in 12 mins towards Morehead State and 9 mins as opposed to Tennessee.

Missouri trainer Cuonzo Martin mentioned Tillmon’s troubles Sunday had been extra on him than on a veteran all-SEC preseason first workforce participant like Silva profiting from him.

“It is him having a look within the reflect and working out his subsequent transfer,” Martin mentioned of Tillmon.

RARE START

The opposite two occasions South Carolina has began Three-Zero within the SEC had been particular seasons.

In 1997, they began 11-Zero and received their best SEC common season identify.

In 2017, South Carolina opened Five-Zero within the SEC and went to their best Ultimate 4.

A DAY LATER

Each Cuonzo Martin and Frank Martin mentioned delaying the sport through an afternoon wasn’t an element within the result. Missouri could not get out Friday for the reason that snow got here quicker and more difficult than forecast.

“It is part of it,” Cuonzo Martin mentioned. “You’re making changes.”

Frank Martin mentioned he realized iciness climate can reduce to rubble plans briefly all through his years training at Kansas State and the security of a touring workforce must all the time be first over any inconvenience of suspending a sport.

“I lived in the market, so I perceive commute will get sophisticated every now and then,” he mentioned.

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: The Tigers became the ball over 20 occasions, their second-worst efficiency this season. South Carolina had 16 turnovers, however the Gamecocks outscored Missouri 33-17 off the miscues.

South Carolina: The important thing to the Gamecocks wonder SEC get started comes on offense. Groups usually rating much less as soon as league play begins, however South Carolina is averaging 81 issues in tis 3 SEC video games, 8 extra issues than non-conference play.

UP NEXT

Missouri: The Tigers host Alabama on Wednesday.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks are at the street towards Vanderbilt, who has opened Zero-Three within the SEC.

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