Gamecocks’ Hot Shooting Dooms Hogs
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – South Carolina shot a blistering 59.6 percent from the field including 16 points from Herbert Lee Davis and 15 points from Chuck Eidson as the Gamecocks downed Arkansas 76-65 on Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.
South Carolina (9-5, 1-1 SEC) snapped an 11-game league road-losing streak and earned its first win in five tries at Fayetteville with the victory. All eight South Carolina players hit better than 50 percent from the field and four earned double figures. In addition to Davis and Eidson, Jamel Bradley and Damien Kinloch scored 13 and 12 points respectively.
Arkansas (9-6, 1-1 SEC) struggled from the field hitting 37 percent on the day. Senior Chris Walker led the Hogs with 13 points while freshman Alonzo Lane earned 12 points. Sophomore Teddy Gipson recorded his second straight double-digit game with 11 points while T.J. Cleveland poured in 10 points.
“It seems like everyone who is not shooting well has a career day against us,” Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson said. “Bradley hit four three-pointers in the first half and got them on a roll. It relaxed them and they shot well all day. We didn’t shoot well and our defense was the worst we have played this year.”
The Razorbacks jumped on the Gamecocks early jumping out to a 14-5 lead from the opening tip. South Carolina rallied to tie the game at 20-20 and then built a lead as much as 13 points before Arkansas cut the halftime lead to 10 points at 41-31.
Arkansas made several runs including cutting the South Carolina lead to three points with just under 12 minutes to play, but the Gamecocks made some big shots down the stretch to clinch the league victory.
The Hogs will hit the road for five of its next six games including next Wednesday night’s game at Georgia. Arkansas and Georgia will tip things off at 6:30 p.m. central time. The game will not be televised.
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