South Carolina Basketball: Gamecocks beat last season's win total with 12th victory before SEC play

South Carolina basketball coach Lamont Paris and his team knocked off the Florida A&M Rattlers to move to 12-1 heading into SEC play.

South Carolina basketball wing Myles Stute
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South Carolina Basketball vs. Florida A&M:
Stats, Scoring, and Observations

For just the 6th time in program history, South Carolina basketball is 12-1 (or better) as the Gamecocks beat the Florida A&M Rattlers to best last season’s win total before SEC play even begins. In a game of runs, USC had the most and the biggest (20-0), giving themselves a comfortable 94-62 victory.

Here are the stats from the game:

STATS

Florida A&M

Points

Leader: Ja’Derryun Eatmon with 14

Rebounds

Leader: Keith Lamar with 5

Assists

Leader: Hantz Louis-Joune with 4

Steals

Leader: Keith Lamar with 4

Blocks

Leader: Ja’Derryun Eatmon with 2

Other

Florida A&M went over 7 minutes scoreless and gave up two 8-0 runs, a 20-0 run, and a 10-0 run in the 1st half.

South Carolina

Points

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 17

Rebounds

Leader: Stephen Clark with 9

Assists

Leader: Meechie Johnson with 6

Steals

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 2

Blocks

Leader: BJ Mack with 2

Other

The Gamecocks were extremely streaky in this one, going on multiple long scoring runs; they also shot 24-28 from the free throw line; the bench scored 52 points

BOX SCORE

OBSERVATIONS

  • Starters: Ta’Lon Cooper-Meechie Johnson-Myles Stute-BJ Mack-Stephen Clark
  • Clark, as he often does, left the floor after just a few minutes and didn’t return for the rest of the half.
  • In the 1st half, the game was a game of runs. Three straight 8-0 runs started the game (two for USC, one for A&M), and the Rattlers added another 5-0 run and the Gamecocks went on a 20-0 and a 10-0 run.
  • Myles Stute and Morris Ugusuk combined to go 6-9 from the perimeter in the half, and Collin Murray-Boyles scored 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and as assist in 9 minutes.
  • The bench, led by Ugusuk’s 9 and CMB’s 8, scored 27 of the team’s 49 points in the 1st half. It was the highest-scoring output by the team in a 1st half all year.
  • The 2nd half was much more even, but it was hard to say whether that was a product of even play or coasting from the Gamecocks.
  • The bench scored 52 points.

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