After losing 2 of 3, South Carolina basketball bounced back with lopsided road win over Arkansas Razorbacks

South Carolina basketball bounced back from losing two of their last three games with a lopsided win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville.

South Carolina basketball big man BJ Mack
South Carolina basketball big man BJ Mack / Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Basketball vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Stats, Scoring, and Observations

South Carolina basketball followed up their home loss to the Georgia Bulldogs with a lopsided victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in Bud Walton Arena (just the sixth time in program history the Gamecocks won on the road in Fayetteville). The final score was 77-64, but the game was not that close.

Here are the stats from the game:

STATS

Arkansas

Points

Leader: Tramon Mark with 18

Rebounds

Leader: Chandler Lawson with 7

Assists

Leader: El Ellis with 2

Steals

Leader: Tramon Mark with 2

Blocks

Leader: Three players each with 1

Other

The Razorbacks shot just 37% from the field and 28% from 3; The Hogs had just 5 turnovers but only had 9 assists on their 23 made baskets

South Carolina

Points

Leader: BJ Mack with 18

Rebounds

Leader: BJ Mack with 9

Assists

Leader: Ta'Lon Cooper and Jacobi Wright each with 5

Steals

Leader: Josh Gray with 1

Blocks

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 1

Other

The Gamecocks shot 52%/50%/71%; USC also dominated on the glass, winning 39-27 in the rebounding department; Carolina had 20 team assists compared to 10 turnovers (including 10-1 for Ta'Lon Cooper and Jacobi Wright); 7 different Gamecocks had at least 4 rebounds

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 played today for the injured Myles Stute.
  • Arkansas students pick a "victim" each week to harass more than all other opponents. Ta'Lon Cooper was the choice on Saturday. He took just one shot in the 1st half (made it), but he added 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers, and played excellent defense. He led an offense that had 10 assists on 12 makes in the opening 20 minutes.
  • BJ Mack had a very good 1st half, scoring 12 points (3-4 from 3-point line) and pulling down 4 rebounds.
  • Josh Gray was very active early in the game. He left the game for a while after a strange flagrant-1 foul, but Stephen Clark gave the team some good minutes in his stead. The two players combined for 8 rebounds and 5 points in the 1st half and were physically outmatching Arkansas down low.
  • The Gamecocks' perimeter defense (led by Zach Davis, Meechie Johnson, and Ta'Lon Cooper) held Tramon Mark, El Ellis, and Khalif Battle to 2-11 shooting and just 5 points in the 1st half.
  • Meechie Johnson didn't have a bad day (he was really good on defense and chipped in 2 assists and 7 rebounds), but he didn't have his best showing as a scorer. Even so, the Gamecocks dominated as BJ Mack, Collin Murray-Boyles, Zach Davis, and Ta'Lon Cooper handled the scoring with double-digit outputs.
  • Tramon Mark got going in the 2nd half, but the Gamecocks held back the rest of the Razorbacks to maintain a sizable lead most of the way.

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