No. 7 Gamecocks hold off Alabama 75-63 at SEC Tournament

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Zia Cooke scored 22 points, Aliyah Boston had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 7 South Carolina withstood a late charge by Alabama for a 75-63 victory in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals.

The Gamecocks were up by 27 points in the second quarter before the Crimson Tide made things interesting down the stretch as they drew within 66-59. But Destanni Henderson made a 3-pointer and Cooke a bucket to build things back to double digits.

The Gamecocks reached the tournament semifinals for the sixth time in the past seven years. South Carolina will play the winner of Friday night’s matchup between Tennessee and Ole Miss.

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