Frank Martin (Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Brenton Williams scored 12 of his 14 points in overtime as South Carolina overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half to defeat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 82-75 Sunday in Frank Martin's debut as Gamecocks coach.
Most of the way, the Gamecocks (1-0) looked like the last-place Southeastern Conference team that lost 11 of its final 12 and led to Martin's hiring in March. They trailed 40-23 early in the second half. But South Carolina ended the period on a 26-12 run and tied things on two foul shots by freshman Mindaugas Kacinas to force the extra period.
That's when Williams took over. He hit consecutive layups for a 74-68 lead, then kept the Gamecocks out front going 8-for-8 from the foul line.
Jordan Aaron had 28 points to lead the Panthers (1-1).