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Tigers lose at unbeaten South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sindarius Thornwell scored 18 points, Michael Carrera had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 24 South Carolina outlasted physical Memphis 86-76 on Saturday night to improve to 13-0 and continue its best start in 82 years.

The Gamecocks took the lead for good 63-61 with 8:51 left on Mindaugas Kacinas’ two foul shots and steadily pulled away from the Tigers (9-4), who had five players foul out and finished with a season-high 41 fouls. The rough play wasn’t enough to derail South Carolina, which is off to its best start since the 1933-34 club opened 17-0.

Things figure to get tougher for the Gamecocks, one of three remaining undefeated teams in Division I, once Southeastern Conference play begins Tuesday night at Auburn. Still, the large crowd at Colonial Life Arena yelled and screamed as the perfect run continued.

Ricky Tarrant Jr. had 20 points for Memphis.