BJ McKie served his time by halftime. Then he went on the court and made sure South Carolina won.
Suspended for one half earlier Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference for "intentional and flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct" in South Carolina's victory at Florida last Saturday, McKie scored 15 points, including the game-winner with 1.2 seconds left in the 14th-ranked Gamecocks' 78-76 victory over Georgia."It was unusual to be sitting down," said McKie, who said the last time he had to watch from the sideline was as a freshman in high school. "You have different emotions (sitting), and I just tried my best to root my teammates on."
The junior guard wasn't much of a cheerleader as the Gamecocks (21-5 11-4) trailed 37-32 at halftime. And it wasn't as if he just shoved his teammates aside to take over.
"It wasn't like that at all," said McKie, who apologized for his flying elbow that knocked Florida's Brent Wright to the floor. "I tried to stay focused on what I had to do, come in not too jacked up. I just tried to hustle and do the things I had to do to help my teammates."
NO. 3 N. CAROLINA 72, WAKE FOREST 53: The Tar Heels (27-2, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) didn't bounce back impressively from their loss to North Carolina State, falling behind by 14 points.
NO. 22 ILLINOIS 82, INDIANA 72: The visiting Illini (21-8, 13-3) kept alive their chances for a share of the Big Ten title with the victory that saw Indiana coach Bob Knight ejected with 9:37 to play.
ST. JOHN'S 67, NO. 23 SYRACUSE 65: Zendon Hamilton had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Red Storm (21-7, 13-4 Big East) to their fifth straight win and 12th in 13 games.
NO. 25 OKLA. ST. 80, TEXAS 58: Desmond Mason had 27 points and 14 rebounds and Adrian Peterson added 18 points as the Cowboys (21-4, 11-4) clinched the Big 12 Conference South title.