LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Devan Downey had a career-high 30 points as South Carolina held off cold-shooting Penn State 74-67 Thursday in the opening game of the Old Spice Classic at Disney World.
The Nittany Lions pulled within three on four different occasions in the second half, but each time the Gamecocks pulled away.
Zam Fredrick scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Mike Holmes added 13 points and nine rebounds for South Carolina.
Geary Claxton led Penn State with 18 points, while Talor Battle added 13 points despite shooting just one-of-10 on three-pointers.
The Gamecocks will play North Carolina State in Friday's semifinals.