CSU and USC Upstate meet in Big South tourney
No. 11 seed South Carolina Upstate (6-25, 1-16) vs. No. 6 seed Charleston Southern (15-14, 9-7)
Big South Conference Tourney First Round, Buccaneer Fieldhouse, Charleston, South Carolina;...
USC Upstate looks to end streak vs Campbell
Campbell (17-11, 10-4) vs. South Carolina Upstate (6-23, 1-14)
G.B. Hodge Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
Clemons scores 32 to lead Campbell over SC-Upstate 82-66
BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Chris Clemons had 32 points as Campbell beat South Carolina Upstate 82-66 on Saturday.
Clemons made 12 of 14 foul shots.
Ja'Cor Nelson had 18 points for Campbell (14-10, 7-3 Big South Conference). Andrew Eudy added seven assists.
Shuler, Keeling lead Charleston Southern over SC Upstate
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Dontrell Shuler and Christian Keeling scored 18 points apiece, Ty Jones added 16 and Charleston Southern beat South Carolina Upstate 90-71 on Saturday to win its third straight.
Travis McConico scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and distributed eight assists. Phlandrous Fleming Jr. added 10 points off the bench for the Buccaneers (10-11, 4-4 Big South Conference), who made 12 of 24 3-pointers and outrebounded the Spartans 38-25.
UNC Asheville gets first Big South win behind Baker, Gilmore
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Devon Baker scored 20 points, Donovan Gilmore added 17 and grabbed 11 rebounds and UNC Asheville won its first Big South Conference game of the season, 71-62 over South Carolina Upstate on Wednesday night to end a nine-game losing streak.
Coty Jude scored 17 points with four 3-pointers for the Bulldogs (3-19, 1-7), who outrebounded the Spartans 40-25.
Holmes, Moore lift USC Upstate to 1st conference win 80-63
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Deion Holmes scored 20 points, Malik Moore 16 and Everette Hammond 14 as USC Upstate broke a lengthy losing streak in a big way Saturday, running away from Longwood 80-63.
The Spartans hadn't won since December 29 against an NAIA foe, and had dropped eight straight.
Kamga with 19 points, High Point beats SC Upstate 71-54
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Brandonn Kamga scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds and High Point beat South Carolina Upstate 71-54 on Wednesday night.
Kamga was 8 of 15 from the field including three from distance for the Panthers (10-8, 3-1 Big South Conference). Jahaad Proctor added 17 points and four rebounds and Jordan Whitehead had 12 points and five rebounds. Ricky Madison led the team with 13 rebounds in addition to his six points.
Polite Jr., Jones lift Radford past SC-Upstate 79-72
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Ed Polite Jr. and Carlik Jones scored 16 points apiece as Radford beat South Carolina Upstate 79-72 on Thursday night.
Polite sank 6 of 10 shots to help the Highlanders shoot 56 percent from the floor for the game and he added seven rebounds. Jones notched six assists. Travis Fields Jr. added 15 points for the Highlanders, while Donald Hicks hit three 3-pointers and scored 13. Radford (10-6, 2-0 Big South Conference) snapped a five-game road losing streak.
Presbyterian holds off SC Upstate 64-61 for 3rd straight win
CLINTON, S.C. (AP) — Francois Lewis scored 16 points, Cory Hightower had 13 points and eight rebounds and Presbyterian beat Big South newcomer South Carolina Upstate 64-61 on Saturday in a conference opener.
With PC ahead by three, Hightower' shot in the paint rolled out and USC Upstate got it to midcourt to call a timeout with 18.9 seconds left. The Spartans passed it around the arc and Deion Holmes' long 3-pointer hit the back of the iron.
Cole has 16 points as Georgia Tech beats USC Upstate 79-63
ATLANTA (AP) — Evan Cole scored a career-high 16 points, Michael Devoe matched his high with 14, and Georgia Tech pulled away with a 9-0 run that started in the closing minutes of the opening half to beat South Carolina Upstate 79-63 on Wednesday night.
Georgia Tech (8-5) led the full second half in its final warmup for its Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Wake Forest.
South Carolina Upstate cruises past NAIA Coker, 89-69
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Malik Moore scored 33 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds as South Carolina Upstate cruised past NAIA Coker, 89-69 on Saturday night.
The Spartans close out their nonconference schedule Wednesday when they travel to Georgia Tech and open Big South Conference play in Clinton, S.C. against Presbyterian.
SC Upstate built a 14-point lead at intermission and cruised to its eighth win in 11 meetings with the Cobras. Coker won the last meeting between the schools, 76-63 in 1998.
USC Upstate beats NAIA-member Truett-McConnell 85-54
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Deion Holmes scored 16 points, Pat Welch added 12 points on four 3-pointers and South Carolina Upstate beat NAIA-member Truett-McConnell 85-54 on Wednesday.
USC Upstate led 40-22 at halftime, scored 11 of the first 19 points of the second half and led by 20 or more points for the final 5:47 of the game. The Spartans had five players finish in double figures for the first time this season.
Holmes, South Carolina Upstate hold off South Carolina State
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Deion Holmes scored a season-high 35 and made the go-ahead basket on a 3-pointer with 1:31 left in the game to help South Carolina Upstate beat South Carolina State 88-84 on Saturday.
Holmes' 3-pointer made it 82-80 for the Spartans (3-8) and Dalvin White hit another 3 on the next possession to extend the lead to 85-81 with 43 seconds left. White split a pair of free throws with 20.4 seconds left and Holmes made both with 9.7 seconds left to push the lead back to four.
No. 25 Furman stays unbeaten with 74-60 win over SC Upstate
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Furman coach Bob Richey could sense his No. 25 Paladins felt the load of the school's first-ever ranking and being one of only 10 unbeaten teams left in the country. So he had some advice in the locker room Saturday with his team down four at the half.
"Coach told us pressure is when you are 0-10, not 10-0," Paladins forward Matt Rafferty said.
Mayo, Weaver help Eastern Kentucky beat USC Upstate 79-77
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Nick Mayo had 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks and Dejuanta Weaver scored 12 points to help Eastern Kentucky hold off South Carolina Upstate 79-77 on Wednesday night.
Weaver hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range, grabbed six rebounds and had four assists. Lachlan Anderson also scored 12 for Eastern Kentucky (5-4).
South Carolina Upstate beats Western Michigan 71-66
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Deion Holmes scored 25 points and South Carolina Upstate snapped a five-game skid, beating Western Michigan 71-66 on Saturday.
Holmes was 10 of 16 from the field including four from long range for the Spartans (2-6). Malik Moore added 18 points with 10 rebounds, two blocks and four steals and Brandon Martin had 16 points.
Hollingsworth’s late jumper gives Cal Poly 75-74 OT win
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hank Hollingsworth hit a jumper in the final seconds to give Cal Poly a 75-74 overtime victory in the Portland Classic on Saturday.
South Carolina Upstate's Malik Moore missed a 3-point attempt as time expired.
Hollingsworth sank two free throws to give Cal Poly a 67-64 lead with less than a minute remaining in regulation. Jure Span drilled a 3 to tie it with :47 left but missed a layup in the final seconds.
Nottingham, Pearson combine for 43 in Texas State romp
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tre'Larenz Nottingham scored 25 points and Nijal Pearson 18, leading Texas State to an 82-50 win over USC Upstate Friday night in the Portland Classic.
Nottingham was 7-for-13 from the field and made 9 of 11 free throws to pick up his third 20-point game as a Bobcat. Pearson was 7-for-12 shooting as Texas State (4-1) was 51 percent from the field (29 of 57) and harried USC Upstate into 20 turnovers, turning those into 29 points.
Stephens scores 20, leads VMI past SC Upstate 78-72
LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Jake Stephens scored 20 points and made all four of his shots from 3-point distance, leading four players into double-figure scoring as VMI held off South Carolina Upstate 78-72 in a back-and-forth game Wednesday night in the first meeting between the teams.
Bubba Parham, the VMI's leading scorer, added 14, nine coming in the last 4:36 on a pair of jumpers and five of six at the foul line. He led with seven assists.
Moore with 20 leads SC Upstate past Div.-III Brevard 86-43
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Malik Moore scored 20 points with seven rebounds and five assists and SC Upstate beat Division-III Brevard College 86-43 on Saturday.
Nevin Zink, Everette Hammond and Thomas Booker each added 14 points for the Spartans (1-1). Zink led the team with eight rebounds. SC Upstate shot 49 percent from the field overall compared to 37 percent for Brevard College and outrebounded the Tornados 42-25.
South Carolina uses big run to outlast SC Upstate 65-52
South Carolina used a 20-0 run to get and stay ahead of SC Upstate in a 65-52 season-opening win Tuesday at Colonial Life Arena.
The Gamecocks, featuring reigning SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year Chris Silva and nine newcomers, struggled to play consistently on each end of the floor. Upstate, playing without star Deion Holmes, didn't score for over 10 minutes in the first half as a quick 9-2 lead vanished.
Holmes scores 34 points, leads SC Upstate over Stetson 91-79
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Deion Holmes scored 34 points to lead South Carolina Upstate to a 91-79 victory over Stetson on Thursday night.
SC Upstate (7-20, 2-8 Atlantic Sun Conference) snapped a five-game losing skid. Stetson (10-17, 2-8) has lost eight straight.
Holmes was 13 of 21 from the field. Malik Moore added 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, and Ramel Thompkins made five 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for the Spartans.
Lipscomb outlasts USC Upstate 110-106 in 2OT
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Rob Marberry had a career-high 38 points to go with nine rebounds on Monday night and Lipscomb escaped at USC Upstate with a 110-106 win in double overtime.
Marberry's layup with 41 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Bisons (15-8, 5-3 Atlantic Sun) the lead for good at 107-106. Garrison Mathews made 3 of 4 free throws from there to help Lipscomb secure the win.
Wilson’s late jumper puts Kennesaw St. over SC Upstate 81-80
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Anthony Wilson scored 22 points including a jumper with two seconds left to give Kennesaw State an 81-80 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Saturday.
Wilson's game-winner for the Owls (6-16, 2-5 Atlantic Sun) came after South Carolina Upstate's Malik Moore hit two free throws for the lead with 16 seconds left.
Horchler scores 31, North Florida romps at SC Upstate 100-80
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Noah Horchler poured in 31 points as five players scored 13 or better in North Florida's 100-80 defeat of South Carolina Upstate Saturday.
Horchler made 10 of 16 shots, both 3-point attempts, converted 9 of 10 at the line and pulled down 13 rebounds for North Florida (9-13, 3-2 Atlantic Sun).
Johnson scores 17, FGCU beats SC Upstate 75-58
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Zach Johnson had 17 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, and six assists and Dinero Mercurius scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, to help Florida Gulf Coast beat USC Upstate 75-58 on Thursday night.
Ricky Doyle added 11 points for FGCU (11-8, 2-0 Atlantic Sun).
Tarke helps NJIT win first ASun opener, 98-87
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Anthony Tarke scored 21 points, capping an early 13-2 rally for the lead and NJIT never lost it, defeating South Carolina Upstate 98-87 on Saturday, winning its first Atlantic Sun Conference opener in the three seasons since joining the conference.
NJIT (8-8, 1-0) trailed 14-7 early when Shawndale Jones scored on a layup and a 3-pointer back-to-back, adding a free throw to convert a 4-point play, sparking the rally that put the Highlanders in the driver's seat.
UMKC holds off SC Upstate with Ross at FT line down stretch
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Isaiah Ross finished with 21 points and Broderick Robinson scored 20 to lead UMKC past South Carolina Upstate 79-77 on Tuesday.
SC Upstate beats Div. II North Greenville 80-59
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Mike Cunningham scored a season-high 23 points and South Carolina Upstate beat Division II North Greenville 80-59 on Saturday.
Malik Moore added 20 points for the Spartans (5-11) who have lost seven of their last nine and have just one victory against Division I teams this season, an 88-78 win over Abilene Christian on Nov. 25.
SC Upstate trailed 20-17 with 7:26 left in the first half but rallied to take a 33-26 lead into intermission.
Holmes scores 25, USC Upstate tops Coastal Georgia 83-75
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Deion Holmes scored 25 points, Malik Moore had 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and South Carolina Upstate beat NAIA Coastal Georgia 83-75 on Monday.
Holmes made a 3-pointer with 4:29 remaining to push Upstate's lead to 74-62 but Coastal Georgia answered with an 8-0 run.
Gardner-Webb has hot hand, beats SC Upstate 87-66
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — Liam O'Reilly and DJ Laster combined for 37 points as Gardner-Webb took an early lead and thumped South Carolina Upstate 87-66 to halt a three-game skid on Saturday afternoon.
Caldwell, Frye and Wiggins lead Bowling Green to 83-74 win
BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Dylan Frye and Rodrick Caldwell each hit five 3-pointers and Demajeo Wiggins scored 20 points with 12 rebounds as Bowling Green defeated South Carolina Upstate 83-74 Friday in the Creek Classic.
Fleming Jr. leads Charleston Southern over SC Upstate 82-72
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Phlandrous Fleming Jr. knocked down 5 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 19 points to spark Charleston Southern to an 82-72 victory over South Carolina Upstate.
Maten takes charge, Georgia beats South Carolina-Upstate
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yante Maten knows when the time is right to yell at his supporting cast, and this was not that time.
"One of the things a leader has to do is encourage, so I try my hardest to encourage my teammates," he said. "We started strong and we kind of dipped. I told everyone on the bench that we have to watch our energy level on the bench."
Moore, Span lead Upstate past Allen 85-66
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Malik Moore scored 18 points, Jure Span added 17 and South Carolina Upstate defeated NAIA Allen University 85-66 on Sunday.
Deion Holmes added 13 points and Mike Cunningham had 12 for the Spartans (1-1) to help new coach Kyle Perry get his first win. Ramel Thompkins had 12 rebounds with Upstate posting a plus-17 on the boards, including 16-6 on the offensive end.
Gibbs’ free throws lift NJIT over South Carolina Upstate
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Shyquan Gibbs made his only two free-throw attempts of the game with 6.8 seconds left and Rob Ukawuba blocked a 3-point try on the other end as NJIT defeated South Carolina Upstate 88-87 on Thursday night.
Cunningham’s career high 28 lead USC Upstate over N. Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Cunningham scored a career-high 28 points and Michael Buchanan had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help South Carolina Upstate beat North Florida 84-71 on Saturday night.
Cunningham also tied a career high with five steals for the Spartans (17-11, 7-4 Atlantic Sun), who trailed by two at the break but took the lead with the first nine points of the second half and extended the gap to 21 with 8:12 to go.
Buchanan’s 23 lifts SC Upstate past Jacksonville 70-67
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Buchanan scored 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting, including two late baskets, and grabbed 12 rebounds to help South Carolina Upstate turn back Jacksonville 70-67 on Thursday night.
Kennesaw St. keeps SC Upstate at bay in 84-79 victory
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kendrick Ray scored 22 points and Aubrey Williams had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Kennesaw State beat South Carolina Upstate 84-79 on Saturday.
South Carolina Upstate drew within 63-61 with 6:02 left on Malik Moore's layup but couldn't get closer. Kennesaw State used a 12-4 run on the strength of two 3s and a jumper by James Scott for a 75-64 lead.
Cunningham hits half-dozen 3-pointers, leads Upstate to win
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Mike Cunningham made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 22 points and South Carolina Upstate beat Kennesaw State 79-73 on Saturday.
Cunningham was 6 of 7 from the arc while Philip Whittington added 19 points, Josh Cuthbertson 10 points and Ramel Thompkins 11 rebounds for the Spartans (15-9, 5-2 Atlantic Sun), who have won four of their past five games. Upstate made 10 of 18 3-pointers.
Lipscomb rallies from 21 down to beat South Carolina Upstate
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Garrison Mathews had 22 points and powered Lipscomb's late surge to overcome a 21-point deficit and beat South Carolina Upstate 84-77 on Wednesday night.
The Bisons (12-11, 4-2) closed the game on an 18-3 run, taking the lead for good at 76-74 on Mathews' two free throws with 1:34 left. Rob Marberry added a tipin at 1:01, Mathews had a dunk for a 3-point play with 25 seconds left and Josh Williams made the second of two free throws at 14 seconds to make it 82-75.
Buchanan’s putback lifts SC Upstate past Florida Gulf Coast
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Michael Buchanan grabbed 10 rebounds and scored eight points, including a putback with 1.9 seconds left, to lift South Carolina Upstate past Florida Gulf Coast 62-60 on Thursday night.
Malik Moore and the Spartans had possession with 10 seconds left. Moore drove the lane and missed his underhanded layup. Buchanan went up for the rebound just under the net, and then floated a right-handed hook shot for the game-winner.
North Florida rallies to beat South Carolina Upstate
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Dallas Moore scored 19 points, 17 in the second half, and Aaron Bodager added 17 points in North Florida's 73-65 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Thursday night.
Bodager made five treys and Moore three while Chris Davenport added 12 points and nine rebounds and Garrett Sams grabbed 12 rebounds for the Ospreys (7-12, 2-0 Atlantic Sun), who won their third straight.
Cunningham hits 4 3s, scores 24; SC Upstate beats UMKC 84-75
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Cunningham made 4 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 24 points and South Carolina Upstate rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Missouri-Kansas City 84-75 on Monday night.
Malik Moore added 15 points and nine rebounds while Michael Buchanan had 12 and 12 — his eighth double-double this season and third in the last four games.
South Carolina Upstate defeats Florida College 91-59
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Phillip Whittington scored a career-high 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting, Michael Buchanan had a double-double and South Carolina Upstate rolled to a 91-59 win over Florida College on Tuesday night.
Drumwright nails 3 as Jacksonville St tops SC Upstate 67-66
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Getting possession with three seconds to play, Malcolm Drumwright put up a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-point shot that lifted Jacksonville State to a 67-66 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Sunday.
Malik Moore boosted S.C. Upstate into a 65-64 lead with 3-point play, on a layup and a free throw, with 26 seconds remaining then added another point making the second of two foul shots with the clock showing three seconds.
Hall leads Alabama with 15 points in win over USC Upstate
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — When sophomore Donta Hall checked out of the game for the last time on Thursday night, there was still over seven minutes remaining in what would become the Crimson Tide's 78-61 victory over USC Upstate.
He just scored a career-high 14 points against Oregon on Sunday in his first career start, but he managed to beat that mark on Thursday when he scored 15 against the Spartans.
Moore has 28, SC Upstate defeats Virginia-Wise 99-67
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Malik Moore scored a career-high 28 points, Michael Buchanan added a double-double and South Carolina Upstate rolled to a 99-67 win over Division II Virginia-Wise on Saturday.
Buchanan had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Spartans (6-5), with Mike Cunningham adding 15 points and Josh Cuthbertson 14. Moore made 10 of 14 shots as SC Upstate went 34 of 62 (55 percent) with 12 3-pointers. Moore and Cunningham had three 3s apiece.
Buchanan’s 17 & 14 lead SC Upstate past Campbell 80-73 in
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Michael Buchanan had 17 points and 14 rebounds and South Carolina Upstate outscored Campbell 8-1 in overtime for an 80-73 win on Friday at the Holy City Hoops Classic.
The Spartans went 8 of 11 from the line in overtime while the Camels were just 1 of 4. Campbell also missed all six field goal attempts and had two turnovers.
SC Upstate rallies to beat Charlotte in OT 108-103
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Buchanan scored 24 points on 11-for-14 shooting and tied a career high with 14 rebounds, Mike Cunningham scored 10 points in overtime and South Carolina Upstate beat Charlotte 108-103 on Tuesday night.
Cunningham — who finished with 18 points — hit a jumper with 58 seconds left in the extra session to give South Carolina Upstate (3-2) a 100-98 lead it never seized.