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2016 NIT: South Carolina Gamecocks Fall 83-66 to Georgia Tech

The loss means the SEC has only one team left in the NIT.

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina Gamecocks bowed out of the 2016 NIT after getting blown out 83-66 by Georgia Tech.

Carolina fell into an 8-2 hole over the first three minutes of the game, and it was never fully able to get out of it. The Gamecocks did get to within two at 13-11 at the 13:50 mark in the first half, but that was as close as they'd get the rest of the way. The Yellow Jackets had it back out to double digits less than three minutes later at 22-11, and the lead hit double digits for good at the 8:12 mark. GT led by 14 at halftime, and a 7-0 run out of the break put the Jackets too far out ahead. The lead would get to be over 30 before the Gamecocks made it a little more respectable 17-point loss.

Michael Carrera led the way for South Carolina with 17 points, while PJ Dozier had 16 coming off the bench. Georgia Tech held Sindarius Thornwell to just eight points on 3/10 shooting, while Laimonas Chatkevicius followed up his 30-point performance from the NIT's first round with nine in this one.

The postseason has been a disappointing one for South Carolina. The Gamecocks didn't win a game in the SEC Tournament after picking up their third loss of the year to Georgia. They then didn't get an NCAA Tournament invitation, and Frank Martin suspended five reserve players. Now they lost in the second round of the NIT despite having a 1-seed in the field. With Carrera, Chatkevicius, and Mindaugas Kacinas all graduating, South Carolina is going to have a different look next year.

The loss by the Gamecocks means that Florida is the only SEC team left in the NIT. The Gators will next play George Washington, which beat Monmouth last night for the right to be in that game.