Originally created 12/29/00

South Carolina 82, VMI 68



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Guards Aaron Lucas and Jamel Bradley had 16 points apiece to lead South Carolina to its longest winning streak in four seasons with an 82-68 victory over VMI on Thursday night.

Lucas and Bradley carried the Gamecocks (8-2) on a 20-5 first-half run that gave them a 38-28 lead after trailing 23-18. It was South Carolina's fifth-straight victory, its most since winning seven in a row during the 1997-98 season.

Bradley's first of four 3-pointers tied the game at 25-all and Lucas' long-range basket put the Gamecocks up for good, 30-28.

Bradley and Lucas kept it up in the second half as South Carolina opened with a 20-5 run. They each had 3-pointers and Bradley's steal and dunk made it a 57-38 lead with 16:35 left.

Everyone contributed as South Carolina had five players in double figures. Calvin Clemmons had 15 points, 6-foot-10 Tony Kitchings had 10 points and a career-high 7 assists, while rookie Rolando Howell finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The lead grew to 77-52 on Clemmons' jam, but VMI cut into it the final five minutes as coach Eddie Fogler sat most of his starters.

VMI (3-7) was led by Daron Pressley's 17 points. Eric Man had 12 points and led everyone with 17 rebounds.

VMI, which was shooting only 40 percent on the season, made 11 of its first 13 shots, including three floaters by Adam Trombley, to lead 23-18 with less than 8 minutes gone.

But the Keydets made only two of their next 17 field goals as the Gamecocks took control.

Bradley's second 3-point goal, with only 0.6 seconds left before halftime, gave South Carolina a 43-33 halftime lead.