Upset City: Couisnard’s Buzzer Beater Seals Gamecocks Thrilling Win Over Kentucky

On January 15th, the top-ten ranked school, Kentucky came into Colonial Life Arena, only to be silenced by the Gamecocks at the buzzer.

With the University of South Carolina coming off of a three game losing streak, coach Frank Martin and his team were looking to get a big upset win, which came at a last second shot by freshman Jermaine Couisnard.

The Gamecocks struggled to stay competitive with the Wildcats in the first half of play with a lack of offense and poor shooting, while also committing a lot of shooting fouls.

USC finally got into a rhythm towards the end of the half, only trailing by eight going into the locker room.

Kentucky started the second half of play with energy and went on a short scoring spree, while leaving the Gamecocks offense stuck in the last half. 

As the game progressed, the Gamecocks began to slowly cut Kentucky’s lead down with help from Jermaine Couisnard, who ended the night with 26 points, a new career high. 

The ever-explosive talent Keyshawn Bryant had quite a few electric dunks and put backs, including one that made Sportscenter’s Top 10.

Bryant ended the night with 15 points, five rebounds and two assists. Justin Minaya also contributed to the upset win over Kentucky, with 11 points.

Despite allowing the Wildcats to score 25 points at the free throw line, the Gamecocks played a stellar second-second half of play to close the gap on UK.

The Gamecocks only had nine turnovers on the night, while Kentucky committed 15, which shows the defensive pressure the Gamecocks increase down the stretch. 

After a last second tying bucket, the Wildcats seemed to be taking the Gamecocks to overtime.

However, with a little over four seconds on the clock, Jermaine Couisnard sprinted down the court, past half-court, and hacked up a three.

With Couisnard making the buzzer beater, Colonial Life went absolutely bananas with energy the stadium mostly sees during the women’s season.

The Gamecocks look to have a tough three game stretch upcoming, with games against Texas A&M, Auburn and Vanderbilt.

Carolina now sits at 9-7 (1-2) and will seek back to back SEC wins in Saturday’s game at Texas A&M.

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