NITRA, Slovakia -- Chester native Devan Downey's 29 second-half points helped propel the South Carolina men's basketball team to a 96-93, come-from-behind victory against Nitra Basketball Klub.
Fouls hurt the Gamecocks in the first half, with six players collecting at least two and Branden Conrad and Sam Muldrow each accumulating three.
After trailing almost all of the first quarter and down 28-23 heading to the second, South Carolina used a 9-1 run to take the lead with 7:40 to go. Zam Fredrick hit consecutive 3-pointers to first tie the contest at 29 and then put South Carolina ahead 32-29.
The next 4:30 saw Nitra score 14 unanswered points to lead 43-32 with under three minutes to play. Nitra eventually led by as many as 12 before the half was over.
Six key points by Downey in the final minutes helped close the margin to 51-41 at the intermission.
Downey finished with 37 points on 13-of-18 shooting, went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and hit all eight of his free-throw attempts. In the second half, he made 10-of-12 shots and hit all three of his 3-point tries.
Fredrick turned in an impressive performance as well with 22 points, going 8-for-14 from the floor. Raley-Ross made 4-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with 13 points. Evaldas Baniulis tallied nine points and grabbed five rebounds. As a team, the Gamecocks shot over 50 percent for the second game in a row, going 32-of-62 (51.6 percent) and made 48.1 percent of their 3-point attempts (13-of-27).
South Carolina will take the day off from competition today as they make their way to Vienna, Austria, which sits about 50 miles from Bratislava, Slovakia. The Gamecocks are scheduled to tour the city in the afternoon.
• SOCCER -- Winthrop's Daniel Revivo and Stephen Nsereko were both named to the list of Players to Watch by CollegeSoccerNews.com.
Revivo, a senior, is among the nation's top forwards to watch after he had a solid junior season with 13 goals and four assists to lead the Eagles in scoring.
College Soccer News' Joe Mauceri described Revivo as a "large target with soft feet and a powerful shot. Revivo is confident on the ball. I expect that he'll have a huge year -- bigger than last year."
Nsereko made the list as one of the top midfielders to watch in 2008. The crafty and speedy midfielder had one goal and seven assists in 2007.
• NBA -- The Charlotte Bobcats have traded second-round pick Kyle Weaver to Oklahoma City for a second-round choice in next year's draft.
The guard was the 38th overall pick in June after averaging 12.2 points as a senior at Washington State. Weaver averaged 6.2 points in five games for Charlotte in the Las Vegas summer league, but faced stiff competition to make Charlotte's regular-season roster.
• COLLEGE ATHLETICS -- A settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by former college athletes who alleged the NCAA failed to cover the full cost of their education has been formally approved by a Los Angeles federal judge.
Under the settlement, approved Aug. 5 according to court documents obtained Monday, the NCAA will create a $10 million fund over the next three years to reimburse former student athletes for educational costs they previously incurred. The NCAA will also make an additional $218 million available to current Division I schools to pay for benefits given to college athletes enrolled between the 2007 and 2013 academic years.
NCAA Division I schools may also provide basic accident insurance coverage for injuries that students sustained while participating in college athletics. But under the settlement, the schools are not required to do so.