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Charleston Southern 73, South Carolina State 62

December 19, 1996

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Brett Larrick and Roland Hourruitiner scored 20 points each, and Charleston Southern held off a pair of South Carolina State rallies for a 73-62 win Wednesday night.

Errol McPherson added 19 points as the Bucs (5-4) won their second straight game for the first time since February 1995.

Roderick Blakney paced S.C. State (1-3) with 20 points and five assists.

Larrick keyed a 24-6 first-half run that turned an eight-point S.C. State lead into a 34-24 Buccaneer advantage. He shot 6-for-9, including three from 3-point range, before intermission.

Charleston Southern led 41-28 at halftime, then came out with another run that put the Bucs up by 18.

S.C. State rallied behind Cliff Green, who hit three 3-pointers to cut it to 52-43 with 14:29 to go.

S.C. State outscored the Bucs 17-2 and pulled to within three at 52-49 on a jumper by Bryan Neis.

But the Bucs fought back with an 11-0 run, including two 3-pointers by Hourruitiner.

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