COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 24 Florida's return to the national rankings won't last long. Zam Fredrick and South Carolina saw to that.
Fredrick's layup as time expired lifted the Gamecocks to a 70-69 victory Wednesday, ending the Gators' 10-game win streak.
After Chandler Parsons missed a free throw with 3.3 seconds left, Fredrick took Mike Holmes' pass in stride and scored the winner just before the buzzer sounded. Fredrick had missed what would have been a tying free throw with 4.7 seconds left.
"I just kept believing we were going to get another shot to win … and we did," he said.
UF (16-3, 3-1 SEC) overcame a five-point deficit to lead 67-60 with about three minutes left. But the Gamecocks (13-4, 2-2) held UF to Nick Calathes' basket the rest of the way. Drevan Downey made four free throws, and a floating 3 that cut it to 69-67.
Calathes was the first Gator with a chance to seal it but missed a one-and-one. Fredrick's miss was rebounded by Parsons, whose miss set up the frantic finish.
"We had a chance to add four points and we came up empty," UF coach Billy Donovan said.