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Manhattan handles South Carolina 86-68

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By CHRIS DEARING
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - George Beamon scored 26 points and Michael Alvarado 20 added as Manhattan won its seventh straight road contest in an 86-68 victory over South Carolina Tuesday night.

The teams kept things close the opening 13 minutes with neither holding more than a six-point advantage.

The Jaspers (8-2) trailed for the final time with a little over seven minutes remaining in the half but closed with a 17-6 run to take a 45-34 lead at halftime.

Donovan Kates ignited the run with two free throws and the Jaspers were perfect on 12 free throws during that stretch. The only two field goals were a three-pointer from Shane Richards and a dunk by Alvarado. Manhattan was 18 of 19 from the line in the first half.

South Carolina (2-4) closed within five points twice in the second half but could never get any closer.

Sindarius Thornwell led the Gamecocks with 17 points.

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