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Gamecock men meet UTEP in consolation bracket

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South Carolina lost its opener in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic, but gets another stab at sticking around.

Nov 16, 2017; Conway, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks guard David Beatty (0) attempts the layup while defended by Illinois State Redbirds forward Phil Fayne (10) during the second half of the game at The HTC Center. Illinois State Redbirds won 69-65. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina vs. UTEP

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

TV: ESPNU

Live Stream: WatchESPN.com

Last game

The South Carolina Gamecocks dropped their opener in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic, but they’re still alive in the tournament’s consolation bracket. There wasn’t much the Gamecocks did well against Illinois State in their 69-65 setback, but where they really struggled was shooting: 30% from the floor, 28% from 3-point land, and 67% from the foul line. South Carolina also accumulated 32 fouls and saw two of its starters (Maik Kotsar and Chris Silva) foul out, which hampered its lineups and left inexperienced players on the floor for long stretches. All around, it was just one of those horrible, no good, very bad days.

What to watch for

UTEP, which crushed Louisiana College 100-50 in its opener, lost 58-56 to Boise State in the final seconds on a go-ahead 3-point play. Guard Keith Frazier led all scorers with 22 points and also collected 10 rebounds, while center Matt Willms added 11 points. Like the Gamecocks, UTEP struggled on the offensive end against the Broncos, shooting 34% from the field and 22% from three. The Miners were picked to finish fifth out of 14 teams in Conference-USA, and also placed guard Omega Harris on the preseason all-conference team.