ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Tarence Kinsey scored 22 points to lead South Carolina back from a 17-point deficit and beat Monmouth 62-56 on Friday in the semifinals of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
Monmouth (1-2) was without top scorer Tyler Azzarelli, who sat out with an injury. That didn't seem to slow the Hawks, who led 42-25 with 16 minutes remaining on their strong outside shooting.
Then the Gamecocks (4-0) came back, going on an 18-2 run that featured three 3-pointers by Kinsey to cut the Hawks' lead to 44-43 with 10:24 to play.
South Carolina took its first lead of the second half 6 minutes later on a Kinsey dunk that was fed by Tre' Kelley, making the score 52-50.
Monmouth briefly regained the lead with an off-balance 3-point shot by Dejan Delic, but Silver Bluff's Brandon Wallace put the Gamecocks up for good with a tip-in to make it 54-53 with 3:33 to play.
Wallace's defense helped cement the win when he blocked a Corey Hallett 3-point attempt, then pulled in a rebound with 39 seconds left.
Wallace finished with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Renaldo Balkman added 14 for the Gamecocks. Delic led the Hawks with 17 points, and Whitney Coleman added 10.
The Hawks took a 33-20 lead into halftime, driven by five 3-point shots made by five different players, and Delic's perfect 6-for-6 night from the free throw line.
The Gamecocks started slow, their first half plagued by 10 turnovers and 0-for-7 shooting on 3-pointers. Kinsey, the game's high scorer, had just four in the first half.
South Carolina was to play Marquette in the tournament championship Saturday night. Monmouth will play Oral Roberts in the third-place game.
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