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  • 27 Aug
    导出博客文章PHILADELPHIA -- Serge Ibaka sank two free throws with 1.4 seconds to snap a tie
    game and send the Orlando Magic to a 103-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers
    on Tuesday night.The Magic rallied from an 18-point deficit to win for the first
    time in four games this season.Sixers center Joel Embiid lost his dribble at the
    top of the key and Orlando snagged the ball with 5.7 seconds left. Sixers guard
    T.J. McConnell was whistled for a flagrant foul on Ibakas layup attempt. Ibaka
    made both and the Magic retained possession and kept the Sixers winless.Embiid
    had two costly turnovers in the final minute for the Sixers.Ibaka scored 21
    points and Nik Vucevic had 24 points and 14 rebounds.Hollis Thompson led the
    Sixers with 22 points. Embiid had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Dario Saric
    scored 21 points.
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    roster filled with newcomers.Thornwell, a senior, scored 20 points including
    four 3-pointers to lead the Gamecocks to an 81-49 victory over Holy Cross on
    Sunday night.Thornwell comes off a 25-win season with South Carolina that
    featured a starting lineup of upperclassmen. This time, the Gamecocks have seven
    first-time players to mix into games. So far, so good, Thornwell says.Its been
    good, he said. Everybody came in focused.South Carolina played a dozen people,
    10 of them getting 10 minutes or more. Plan on it being the norm this season,
    according to South Carolina coach Frank Martin. This team has depth like I
    havent had since Ive been here, he said.That showed against Holy Cross (0-1),
    which was eventually worn down by South Carolinas height and athleticism.The
    Crusaders, who played in the NCAA Tournament last March, used its
    Princeton-style offense -- coach Bill Carmody used to coach at the Ivy League
    school -- of cuts and backdoor layups to get within 29-24 on Matt Huseks basket
    with 7:09 left in the half. Thats when the Gamecocks took off on a 15-5 run over
    the next six minutes to push its lead to 44-29. Thornwell opened the surge with
    a basket and closed it with a 3-pointer.We needed that momentum shift, Gamecocks
    guard PJ Dozier said.The Crusaders never got closer than 12 points the rest of
    the way.I dont like losing by 30, Carmody said. Its hard to sit here and call it
    part of process. Our guys hurt after losing this one.Dozier had 15 points for
    South Carolina, which opened 2-0 for a second straight season and the third time
    in Martins five years.Robert Champion led Holy Cross with 18 points.BIG
    PICTUREHoly Cross stunned college basketball last March, winning the Patriot
    League tournament and earning an automatic NCAA bid despite a 10-19 regular
    season. The Crusaders went on to a First Four matchup win over Southern for the
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    build on that success with five of their top six scorers returning from a year
    ago.South Carolina looked athletic and active in putting away Holy Cross over
    the final 30 minutes. The trick for coach Frank Martin will be maintaining that
    level while blending the young players into the mix. Theyll get that chance the
    next 10 days with three more games, all at home.FELDER DEBUTSouth Carolina guard
    Rakym Felder saw his first college action, less than a month after he was
    arrested for assault among other charges. Felder played 14 minutes and finished
    with eight points, swishing both of his three-point attempts. Martin said he had
    talked with athletic director Ray Tanner, vouching for Felders character. Ra
    Felder played because its my decision that he has accepted everything that came
    his way for his mistake, Martin said.Hes a beautiful kid, not a good kid, a
    beautiful kid, Martin continued.CHANGING STYLESMartin was concerned that his
    team would not make the necessary defensive adjustments in going from Louisiana
    Techs more up-tempo offense to Holy Cross deliberate attack. He neednt have
    worried. The Gamecocks held Holy Cross under 40-percent shooting for the game
    and to just 25 percent (5 of 20) from behind the arc.HOT SHOOTINGThe Gamecocks
    shot 58.7 percent, going 27 of 46 from the field. That touch continued from way
    outside and at the line: South Carolina made 12 of its 24 3-pointers and 15 of
    16 foul shots.UP NEXTHoly Cross travels to play its only other regular-season
    Power 5 opponent at Syracuse on Tuesday night.South Carolina continues its
    five-game home stretch to start the season, facing Monmouth on Tuesday
    night.---Follow Pete Iacobelli at http://twitter.com/PIacobellil-AP---More AP
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