(AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt). South Carolina's Chris Silva (30) goes up to dunk past Duke's Frank Jackson (15) during the second half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.
That was a close one. (Source: Emery Glover/WIS)
The crowd was on their feet during another bracket buster in Greenville. (Source: Joe Gorchow/WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) -
It's been a very sweet Sunday for the men's and women's Gamecocks basketball teams.
No. 7 seed South Carolina upset second-seeded Duke, a team some Las Vegas casinos considered the betting favorite going into the NCAA Tournament.
Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points for South Carolina in the 88-81 win.
"I thought we played well defensively the whole game," said Frank Martin, "but for us to have played so well offensively in the second half, we made some crazy shots. PJ (Dozier) made a crazy shot on the baseline. Chris made a crazy left-hand shot there, but the ball went in for us. I'm not going to apologize for the ball going in."
The Blue Devils join Louisville on Sunday as No. 2 seeds upset in the second round. Both also came from the ACC, which started the tournament with nine teams in the field but now only has North Carolina.
"We're just elated to be moving on and going to the Sweet 16," said Dawn Staley. "I thought we beat a very good Arizona State team. They gave us [their] best shot and we're very fortunate to have played on our home court in front of our fans that willed us to another victory."
A'ja Wilson scored 21 points, including the putback that gave South Carolina the lead for good and the free throws that sealed it, to help the No. 1 seed Gamecocks beat eight-seed Arizona State 71-68 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night.