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Former Hall County standouts lift current teams to wins
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Two former Hall County basketball standouts led their college teams to victories over the weekend.

Gainesville High alum Brent Benson, now a junior at Texas State scored a career-high 21 points to lead his team over Jacksonville State, 86-83, in the consolation game of the 100 Club Classic at Kennesaw State University.

Benson’s free throws with 12:01 to go in the first period gave the Bobcats a nine point lead, their largest of the game. Benson led the team in first-half scoring with nine points.

The sharp-shooting junior finished the night a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line and and also had three rebounds.

In the first game of the tournament, Benson recorded 12 points as his team lost to Colgate 83-77.

2006 Flowery Branch alumnus Courtney Newton sparked South Carolina to a 66-54 win over Buffalo on Sunday at the Colonial Center in Columbia, S.C.

The Lady Gamecocks’ freshman poured in a game-high 17 points, including 10 in the first half.

"Two years ago, we would have lost this game, to be quite honest," said South Carolina coach Susan Walvius. "We are able to shoot on the outside. Courtney (Newton) was able to shoot the ball and we were able to put up some high-low looks from the post."

Newton finished the game with 17 points on a season-high 6-of-11 shooting and handed out a team-high four assists.

The Lady Gamecocks next play host to Penn State on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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