Originally created 11/26/05

Gamecocks remain unbeaten



ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Renaldo Balkman scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds as South Carolina defeated Alaska-Anchorage 65-60 on Thursday night in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

The Gamecocks (3-0) managed to hold off the pesky Division II Seawolves (4-2) with Balkman's aggressive inside play on both ends of the court.

Besides leading the Gamecocks in scoring along with guard Tarence Kinsey, the 6-foot-8 Balkman dominated on defense with four blocks and three steals.

The Seawolves hung on through most of the game behind the play of Kemmy Burgess. The Alaska-Anchorage guard scored 28 points, nine of them in the final minute.

But Rocky Trice dashed any hopes of a last-minute comeback with a breakaway dunk moments after Burgess hit a three-point play followed by a 3-point shot.

The Gamecocks led 31-21 at halftime, making up for often cold shooting with strong defense. They finished with 15 blocks, eight steals and forced 15 turnovers.

South Carolina never trailed, leading by as many as 14 points in the second half.

On Friday night, South Carolina was to play Monmouth, which beat Southern Illinois.

SOUTH CAROLINA (3-0)-Tisby 2-5 1-2 5, Kinsey 5-13 3-6 14, Balkman 6-9 2-5 14, Kelley 2-4 4-5 8, Wallace 3-10 1-2 7, Day 1-4 0-0 2, McDowell 1-1 0-0 3, Trice 2-9 0-0 4, Konate 1-1 0-0 2, Palacios 0-0 0-0 0, Sheldon 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 26-61 11-20 65.

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE (4-2)-Burgess 10-26 2-2 28, Fitt-Chappell 1-4 0-0 2, Lawrence 1-2 0-0 3, Hills 2-8 0-0 4, Cooper 2-4 0-0 5, Hartman 3-10 0-0 9, Arts 0-3 0-0 0, McNutt 0-0 0-0 0, Draper 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 4-6 1-4 9. Totals 23-64 3-6 60.

Halftime-South Carolina 31-21.

3-Point Goals-South Carolina 2-11 (McDowell 1-1, Kinsey 1-3, Day 0-1, Trice 0-1, Sheldon 0-1, Balkman 0-2, Kelley 0-2), Alaska-Anchorage 11-24 (Burgess 6-13, Hartman 3-7, Lawrence 1-1, Cooper 1-1, Fitt-Chappell 0-1, Draper 0-1). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-South Carolina 40 (Balkman 12), Alaska-Anchorage 40 (Hills 8). Assists-South Carolina 16 (Kelley 6), Alaska-Anchorage 16 (Cooper 6). Total Fouls-South Carolina 14, Alaska-Anchorage 13. A-6,848.