On a night filled with basketball buzzer beaters, Zam Fredrick of the South Carolina Gamecocks made a claim for highlight of the night with his game-winning layup against the Florida Gators as time expired (hence the buzzer beater chatter). After missing a free throw that would have tied the game, Fredrick was given a shot at redemption–again, due to missed free throws, this time, from the Gators–and boy, did he ever deliver.
With 3.3 seconds on the clock, Fredrick received a long outlet pass while he was on a run-out. Fredrick collected the pass and converted the layup as the game clock expired. It was one of the more exciting finishes to a conference basketball game in some time–well, until Marshall decided to get in on the fun. As for the Gators, the loss was their first in conference play, leaving them at 3-1 (16-3 overall). The win moved the Gamecocks to 2-2 (13-4) in conference play as first-year coach Darrin Horn looks to get his team back to the NCAA Tournament; a place they haven’t been since 2003-04.
If they keep ending games with this same kind of flair, the Big Dance drought will end for the Gamecocks sooner, rather than later.