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South Carolina beats Florida Gators basketball team at buzzer

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.

S.C. 70

No. 24 UF 69

South Carolina beats Florida Gators basketball team at buzzer 01/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 7:45am]

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