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No. 13 S.C. 65, Vanderbilt 61

February 4, 1998

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ BJ McKie scored 15 points and made four free throws in the final 20 seconds Tuesday night as No. 13 South Carolina held off Vanderbilt 65-61.

McKie’s running jumper with 2:44 to go put the Gamecocks ahead 60-52. Vanderbilt’s Drew Maddux countered with five unanswered points that cut it to three with 1:23 to play.

South Carolina (17-3, 7-2 SEC) missed three free throws, allowing Vanderbilt (15-7, 4-5) stay close but Atiba Prater, Billy DiSpaltro and Maddux all missed 3-pointers before Austin Bates scored on a tipin with 20 seconds left to bring the Commodores within 61-59.

But McKie closed it out at the foul line.

Bates led Vanderbilt with 14 points, Maddux scored 12 and Prater added 10.

Melvin Watson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high six assists for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina used a 6-0 run that included back-to-back dunks by Stack and LeRon Williams to take a 47-46 lead, its first since 6-4 with 16:46 to play in the first half.

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