South Carolina basketball stays hot, beats Missouri to move to 17-3

As a follow-up to the big win over Kentucky, South Carolina basketball stayed hot with a win over Missouri to move to 17-3 (5-2).

South Carolina basketball coach Lamont Paris
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South Carolina Basketball vs. Missouri Tigers:
Stats, Scoring, and Observations

After knocking off 6th-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday, the Gamecocks continued their strong play with a win at home over the Missouri Tigers. Dennis Gates' squad from CoMo remains winless in SEC play, while the South Carolina basketball team moves to 17-3 and 5-2 in league play.

Here are the stats from that game:

STATS

Missouri

Points

Leader: Sean East with 21

Rebounds

Leader: Connor Vanover and Tamar Bates each with 7

Assists

Leader: Sean East with 7

Steals

Leader: Sean East with 2

Blocks

Leader: Jordan Bulter with 2

Other

The Tigers took just 8 3-pointers in the whole game, and Nick Honor made their only two; Mizzou won the fast break scoring battle 18-3 but only scored 32 points in the halfcourt

South Carolina

Points

Leader: BJ Mack with 21

Rebounds

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 8

Assists

Leader: Ta'Lon Cooper with 4

Steals

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 2

Blocks

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 3

Other

The Gamecocks shot really well from outside other than Meechie Johnson's 0-7, making 10-18 shots from the perimeter without #5; Other than Johnson, all five players who attempted a 3 made multiple

BOX SCORE

OBSERVATIONS

  • Starters: Ta’Lon Cooper-Meechie Johnson-Zach Davis-BJ Mack-Collin Murray-Boyles
  • Collin Murray-Boyles continues starting in place of Stephen Clark, and Zach Davis again played today for the injured Myles Stute.
  • BJ Mack scored 15 points in the 1st half, and Morris Ugusuk scored 8. The 8-10 shooting effort was the reason why USC had a 10-point lead at halftime.
  • Missouri had a similar story as Sean East and Tamar Bates had 17 points combined. The Tigers backcourt didn't have much help, though, as the rest of the team scored just 12 points.
  • Both teams shot over 50% in the 1st half.
  • An 11-0 run saw Missouri take an early 2nd half lead. the Gamecocks were settling for contested perimeter jumpers, and the usually solid defense was failing. Ta'Lon Cooper started scoring, and the team got back on track.
  • Meechie Johnson really struggled. He was 0-5 at halftime with 0 points and finished the game 0-9 and 0-7 from behind the arc. He did not score in 24 minutes. He did not play most of the way down the stretch until the game came down to free throws, but he did not get sent to the line.
  • The rebounding battle was close (29-28 in favor of Missouri), but each team had runs in which they dominated the glass.