COLUMBIA, S.C. — The last two minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half were the difference as Arkansas dropped a 64-52 Southeastern Conference game at South Carolina on Wednesday.
The Razorbacks got off to a good start and led seven minutes into the game, 9-6 on a steal and layup by Eric Ferguson. South Carolina scored nine straight to take a six-point lead, but Arkansas closed within 17-16 on a three-pointer by Ronnie Brewer.
Arkansas trailed by just 23-21 following a layup by Dontell Jefferson with 2:04 left, but turnovers by Jefferson, Darian Townes and Jonathon Modica helped the Gamecocks score the last six points of the half to take a 29-21 lead at the break.
Arkansas opened the second half with a bucket by Brewer, but USC scored the next eight points, four by Tarence Kinsey for a 37-23 lead at the 16:17 mark. USC stretched the lead to 42-25 before the Hogs closed within 48-37 with 8:28 left on a three-pointer by Olu Famutimi, but Arkansas, which finished with a season-low point total, got no closer.
The loss drops the Razorbacks to 14-7 overall and 2-6 in the SEC. South Carolina is 12-7 and 4-4.
After allowing South Carolina to shoot 54.2 percent in the first half (13-24), UA limited the Gamecocks to 39.1 percent in the second (9-23). The Razorbacks never got untracked offensively. Arkansas was eight-of-23 in the first half (.348) and 11-of-38 in the second (.289), including six-of-24 for the game on three-pointers (.250). UA was also eight-of-16 at the line while USC was 18-of-26.
The Razorbacks battled on the boards with USC holding a slight 38-36 lead and had just 10 turnovers while forcing 12.
Brewer scored a game-high 20 points, and added three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Famutimi was the only other Hog in double figures with 14, getting 11 of those in the second half. Brewer and Famutimi were a combined 13-of-28 from the field while the rest of the team was six-of-33.
Carlos Powell led USC with 14 points on six-of-10 shooting. Kinsey had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Arkansas plays at Ole Miss on Saturday in a 4 p.m. game televised by Fox Sports Net, which is Fox Sports Southwest in Arkansas.