Irmo beats Goose Creek 65-46 to capture boys 4a state crown

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Justin McKie scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and Detrek Browning added 16 points to lead Irmo to a 65-46 victory over Goose Creek in the boys Class 4A state championship Friday night.

It was the second state title for the Yellow Jackets (29-0) in three years and the fifth in coach Tim Whipple's 32 years at the school. The victory capped Irmo's first boys basketball undefeated season.

McKie scored 14 first-half points as the Yellow Jackets used an active 2-3 zone to limit Goose Creek (21-5) to 5-of-25 shooting, including 4 of 16 from 3-point range. Shaquille Patrick, who finished with 18 points, kept the Gators in it by scoring 12 points in the first half on four 3-pointers.

Irmo's lead was never fewer than 12 points in the second half.

Dantez Bennamon added 11 points for Goose Creek, which shot 28 percent from the field (14 of 50).

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