The Tigers trailed by three at halftime against South Carolina in the opening game of the SEC Tournament. The Tigers kept it close throughout the second half, but a 15-2 run by the Gamecocks left the Tigers trailing by 12 with 1:24 left to go in the game. The Tigers fought back to make it a three point game with 18 seconds to play. Chris Johnson fired a three but missed, got the rebound but had it stolen away, along with any hopes of an amazing comeback.
Marcus Thornton led the Tigers with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Freshman sensation Anthony Randolph had 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Chris Johnson had 15 points, but led the Tigers with 14 rebounds.
Evaldas Baniulis led the Gamecocks with 24 points, including four three pointers. Dominique Archie had 17 points, Zam Fredrick scored 14, and Devan Downey led South Carolina with 7 rebounds and 14 points.
The Tigers shot fifty percent from the field and made 8 of 24 from three point land. The Tigers had a great day from the free throw line, knocking down 11 of the 14. The Tigers out rebounded the Gamecocks 42-27, but commited 19 turnovers, twice as many as South Carolina.
The Tigers finish the season with a 13-18 overall record and will shift all their focus on replacing departed head coach John Brady. Perhaps VCU will get most of Tiger fans attention as they watch to see if coaching candidate Anthony Grant will get the Rams into the Big Dance.