Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
South Carolina 74, George Washington 65
When: 2:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 1, 2019
Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Officials: # AJ Desai, # Gerry Pollard, # Ron Groover
Attendance: 9843

Forward Maik Kotsar had 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds as South Carolina led from nearly start to finish in a 74-65 win over visiting George Washington in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday afternoon.

A.J. Lawson scored 14 for the Gamecocks, while Jair Bolden and Jermaine Couisnard each scored 12.

George Washington hit just 33.3 percent from the field. Guard Armel Potter led the Colonels with 22 points on 9-of-22 shooting. Freshman Jamison Battle was 6 of 16 on 3-point shooting en route to 18 points, while Jameer Nelson Jr. scored 13.

The Gamecocks took the lead on Lawson's lay-up 75 seconds into the game to start a 17-0 run. South Carolina had a 12-point halftime lead, which George Washington cut to single-digits at 57-48 with 7:55 left -- the first time the Colonels had been that close since early in the first half -- on Battle's fifth 3-pointer of the day.

Battle had an open look on a corner 3 with under six minutes to play that bounced out. Kotsar and guard Couisnard added lay-ups to stretch the lead to 15, and GW never got closer than eight again.

South Carolina made its first six shots from the field, with eight points during the 17-0 run coming from Bolden, who transferred to the Gamecocks after playing two seasons at George Washington.

The Gamecocks missed their first shot when Lawson missed a layup, but Justin Minaya's tip-in provided a 17-2 lead with 13:30 left.

George Washington went on an 8-2 run, but Lawson later answered with a layup and then a 3 with 6:54 left for a 27-10 lead. A Kotsar jumper made the advantage 19, Carolina's biggest of the half.

Kotsar's buzzer-beating lay-up made it 35-23 for South Carolina at the break.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
George Washington   South Carolina
Armel Potter 22 Scoring Maik Kotsar 17
Armel Potter 6 Assists Jermaine Couisnard 4
Jamison Battle 8 Rebounds Maik Kotsar 9
Jameer Nelson Jr. 4 Free Throws Made Jermaine Couisnard 3
Jameer Nelson Jr. 4 Steals Maik Kotsar 1
Ace Stallings 2 Blocks Maik Kotsar 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
George Washington 65 33.3 8-36 11-15 10 29 3 7 4
South Carolina 74 52.6 3-14 11-18 16 42 6 1 12