Zips lose to South Carolina

The Akron Zips dropped a 69-59 decision to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday in the third-place game of 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

Akron (6-4) closed the game shooting 37.9 percent from the floor (22-of-58) and 29.4 percent from long range (5-of-17). The Zips committed 16 turnovers to just 10 by the Gamecocks.

Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell led the Zips with 12 points and seven boards while Quincy Diggs  the only other Zip in double figures (10).

Duane Notice led five South Carolina (4-6) players in double figures with 15 points.

South Carolina opened the second half on an 8-2 run to close the gap to 35-33 just 3:15 into the second half. By the 15:14 mark, the Gamecocks would hold a slim 37-36 lead.

Down 53-45 with 7:20 to go in the game, Akron started to chip away at the deficit. Treadwell closed the gap to 59-56 for the Zips with a layup, plus the and-1, with 4:00 to go. However, South Carolina responded with buckets on their next two possessions to take a 63-56 lead with 2:39 left in the game.

The Zips would not be able to overcome the deficit, falling 69-59 to the Gamecocks to finish fourth in the tournament with a 1-2 record.

After both teams missed on their first possessions, the Zips would score six-straight points to force South Carolina to call timeout at the 17:05 mark. Harney would score on the next possession – his sixth-straight point – to give the Zips and 8-2 advantage.

Trailing by as many as six points, the Gamecocks slowly chipped away at the deficit. SC would grab its first lead of the day (18-17) with 7:33 remaining in the half.

Akron's lead would climb to nine points (29-20) with 1:46 to go in the half. SC would score five of the half's final seven points to cut the Akron advantage to 31-25 by halftime.

Harney led all scorers in the first half with eight points and four boards. Treadwell finished with five points, five boards as the Zips shot 40.0 percent in the half.

The Zips and Gamecocks will face off again on Saturday, Dec. 28, this time in Columbia, S.C., at 4 p.m. ET on

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