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Clemson beats Gamecocks to win Battle for South Carolina

Dec 2, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

Clemson AP

K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points and Rod Hall had 15 more to lead Clemson over South Carolina, 64-55, in the intrastate battle for the Palmetto State Sunday afternoon.

On a day that has been without any Top 25 games, the Tigers-Gamecocks match-up provided one of the more noteworthy storylines of the early set of games.

Clemson, now 5-2, forced 19 turnovers and was +15 in free throw attempts to get the win over Frank Martin’s team.

The Tigers led by just one point at halftime, but a 13-2 run by Clemson in the early part of the second half expanded the lead to eight points with just over 11 minutes to play.

South Carolina, which shot just 35 percent from the floor, had three scorers in double figures. Brenton Williams (16 points), Bruce Ellington (12 points), and Mindaugas Kacinas (10 points) all came off the bench, but played starter’s minutes.

The Gamecocks fall to 5-3 and have lost two games in a row.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

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