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Seniors shine in home finale as South Carolina downs LSU 83-74 in overtime

It was a storybook evening for Frank Booker and Wes Myers in the Gamecocks’ win.

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Booker and Wes Myers got an appropriate sendoff on Senior Night in Columbia, combining for 48 points to help the South Carolina Gamecocks take out the LSU Tigers 84-73 in overtime on Wednesday.

The veteran grad transfers enjoyed special performances: Booker matched a career-high in points with 25 and made six of his seven 3-point attempts, while Myers scored a season-high 23 points and posted an 11-of-14 mark from the free-throw line.

It was smooth sailing for the Gamecocks after the teams battled to a 31-all tie in the first half. South Carolina led 62-47 with about 8 minutes to go and looked ready to pull away. But LSU put together a 25-10 run, and freshman Tremont Waters nailed a clutch 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to tie the game at 74. Even worse, it looked like Booker’s night was in danger of being ruined: He’d turned the ball over on the Gamecocks’ previous possession, which gave the Tigers their chance at that last shot.

So the odds of finding an overtime win at that point looked bleak. Chris Silva had fouled out (though he was held to just eight points and five rebounds), and the Gamecocks were reeling, having given up that lead and then watching LSU hit a cold-blooded shot. But an unlikely hero stepped up to save the day: Hassani Gravett, who went scoreless in regulation, took over the extra period with six crucial points. LSU failed to score, and the Gamecocks posted a 10-5 record in Columbia this season.

Up next: The Gamecocks visit No. 14 Auburn on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. to close the regular season. South Carolina is back to 10th in the SEC standings with the win against LSU, but needs to beat Auburn again to hang on to that spot. The Gamecocks are also assured of no worse than a .500 finish, and if they win a game or two in the SEC Tournament, the NIT becomes a possibility.