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Disciplined USC punishes Georgia

Associated Press
Published January 11, 2004

ATHENS, Ga. - Banished to the bench for a short time because of a freshman mistake, Renaldo Balkman responded like a veteran.

Balkman, who sat out part of the first half for coming late to the pregame meal, led an early 12-0 run with his first five points and helped South Carolina beat Georgia 84-63 Saturday.

Starter Carlos Powell also was tardy earlier in the day, so he was taken out of the lineup. Balkman, normally the first player off the bench, instead was the second.

"I didn't tell them until right before the game," Gamecocks coach Dave Odom said. "But they knew what they had done. They expected to be disciplined, and I think the rest of the team would've been disappointed if they weren't."

South Carolina (14-2, 1-1) hardly missed them. It trailed once and won for the third time in 13 games in Athens. Kerbrell Brown scored 18 for the Gamecocks, and Powell and Josh Gonner added 13 each.

Balkman finished with 12 points after his punishment.

"Whether you're the first guy off the bench, or the second or the third, you've still got to go out there and play hard," he said.

Chris Daniels had 18 for the Bulldogs (8-5, 0-2).

AUBURN 80, MISS. 53: Marco Killingsworth had 16 points and 10 rebounds and the host Tigers dominated the boards for the second-largest margin of victory in the rivalry's 107-game history. Brandon Robinson added 14 points and Kyle Davis 11 as Auburn (10-3, 1-1) controlled the inside and kept the Rebels (8-5, 0-2) from getting into an offensive rhythm. The Tigers shot 56 percent to 42 percent for Mississippi while doubling it up on rebounds, 40-20.

Also, a summer league coach prominently named in the NCAA's investigation into Auburn's recruiting denies wiring money to a recruit. Mark Komara sent the cash to a former colleague in Mississippi to help pay personal bills in 2001, not as incentive for basketball prospect Jackie Butler to attend Auburn, Komara's attorney said. The NCAA alleges Komara wired Mike Walker a total of $3,125 "with the intention that the money be delivered to Butler or used on his behalf."

LSU 70, ALABAMA 66: Darrel Mitchell tied a career high with 19 points as the host Tigers erased a 10-point deficit in the last five minutes. Mitchell scored 14 of his 19 in the second half as LSU (11-1, 2-0) overcame 13 missed free throws and 40.4 percent shooting.

C-USA

S. MISS. 66, MEMPHIS 63: Charles Gaines scored 17 and Clement Carter hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left to help the host Golden Eagles survive a furious rally. Host Southern Miss (8-5, 1-1) led by five, 64-59, with 14.7 seconds remaining when the Tigers' Jeremy Hunt made a 3-pointer and was fouled by Jarekus Singleton with 8.7 left. Hunt converted the four-point play, and Memphis (9-3, 0-1) trailed by one. The Tigers fouled Carter, who completed the scoring.

CHARLOTTE 81, EAST CAROLINA 65: Curtis Withers had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host 49ers (10-3, 2-0), who forced 22 turnovers in winning their fourth straight. Derrick Wiley had 15 points, Japhet McNeil added 13 and Gabriel Mikulas 12 for the Pirates (8-4, 0-2), who lost their third straight and dropped to 0-17 in league road games.

TCU 70, TULANE 65: Corey Santee scored 16 and hit two free throws with less than a minute to play to lead the host Horned Frogs (5-8, 1-1). Santee's free throws came with 50 seconds to play and broke a 65-all tie. Nucleus Smith added a layup and free throw for TCU. Wayne Tinsley scored 18 to lead the Green Wave (6-6, 0-2).

UAB 64, HOUSTON 42: Donell Taylor scored 15 and Mo Finley added 10 to lead the host Blazers (9-4, 2-0). UAB led 27-19 at halftime and broke it open after holding the Cougars (6-6, 0-2) scoreless for the first 5:30 of the second half.

Nation

PENN ST. 64, OHIO ST. 47: Marlon Smith scored 23 to lead the host Nittany Lions. A 14-2 run to open the second half put Penn State ahead by 13. Velmir Radinovic led the Buckeyes with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Also, Charles Bass, the center/forward who as a freshman banked in a free throw to help Ohio State upset Michigan State in last season's Big Ten tournament semifinals, transferred to Ball State.

N'WESTERN 77, IOWA 68: Vedran Vukusic had 22 points and three teammates scored in double figures to lead the visiting Wildcats. Mohamed Hachad scored a career-high 18, Davor Duvancic had 14 and T.J. Parker 11.

MINNESOTA 57, PRINCETON 53: Freshman Kris Humphries had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Golden Gophers.

NOTRE DAME 82, VILLANOVA 78: Chris Thomas had 21 of his 26 points in the second half to lead the visiting Irish to their sixth straight win. The Wildcats missed 6 of 10 free throws in the final minute.

MISSOURI 82, TEXAS A&M 77: Arthur Johnson had 19 points, 12 rebounds and a key blocked shot to lead the host Tigers, who won for the second time in their past six after being ranked as high as No.3.

TEXAS TECH 83, OKLA. ST. 62: Andre Emmett scored 19 of his season-high 32 in the second half for the Red Raiders. Texas Tech broke it open with an 11-0 run midway through the second.

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