South Carolina Basketball: Gamecocks bounce back with road win over Ole Miss

South Carolina basketball traveled to Oxford, Mississippi and bounced back with a win over the Ole Miss Rebels.

South Carolina basketball wing Zach Davis had a career day for the Gamecocks against Ole Miss.
South Carolina basketball wing Zach Davis had a career day for the Gamecocks against Ole Miss. / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Basketball vs. Ole Miss Rebels
Stats, Scoring, and Observations

South Carolina basketball had a bye week this week, and it appears the layoff helped the Gamecocks "get right." In a much-needed win, Lamont Paris' team ended their 2-game losing streak and won by a score of 72-59 to move to 22-5 on the season.

Here are the stats from the game:

STATS

Ole Miss

Points

Leader: Moussa Cisse with 13

Rebounds

Leader: Jaemyn Brakefield with 7

Assists

Leader: Juju Murray with 6

Steals

Leader: Juju Murray with 2

Blocks

Leader: Moussa Cisse with 5

Team

The Rebels shot 33.3%/18.8%/62.5% for the game and had 9 turnovers

South Carolina

Points

Leader: BJ Mack with 17

Rebounds

Leader: Zach Davis with 9

Assists

Leader: Ta'Lon Cooper with 6

Steals

Leader: Meechie Johnson with 2

Blocks

Leader: Josh Gray with 1

Team

The Gamecocks shot 44.1%/47.1%/66.7% and had 11 turnovers

BOX SCORE

OBSERVATIONS

  • Starters: Ta’Lon Cooper-Meechie Johnson-Zach Davis-BJ Mack-Collin Murray-Boyles
  • Myles Stute missed the game with a knee injury sustained in practice. Meechie Johnson returned after leaving the last game (Saturday against LSU) with a potential head injury.
  • The Gamecocks were outworked on the glass in the early goings after Ole Miss bricks, but it didn't hurt them much. Carolina dominated the rebounding battle after the initial 3 offensive rebounds from the Rebels.
  • Matthew Murrell picked up his 2nd foul very early in the game and had to play sparingly in the 1st half.
  • Collin Murray-Boyles also picked up his 2nd foul early, but Coach Paris didn't sit the freshman until he earned his 3rd. Jacobi Wright and Zach Davis had 2 fouls before the 10-minute mark of the 1st half, as well.
  • The Gamecocks played some pretty good defense in the 1st half, but some bad moments (letting Allen Flanigan run uncontested on a fastbreak, offensive rebounds/putbacks, silly fouls, etc.) allowed Ole Miss to stay in the game.
  • Stephen Clark played two stints in the 1st half and gave USC some good minutes.
  • Zach Davis had a really nice 1st half but left the game with a limp just before halftime.
  • Shortly after halftime, Allen Flanigan was ejected after throwing an elbow at Zach Davis' head.
  • The rest of the game saw the Gamecocks coast to the finish line but still built their lead up to 17 points at its biggest.
  • When Carolina stopped playing aggressively on offense, the scoring all but stopped, but it didn't matter.
  • After several subpar defensive games in a row, South Carolina basketball put on a clinic on that end of the floor on Saturday.

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