South Carolina Basketball: Gamecocks set new record with win over Mississippi State

South Carolina basketball set a new program record for regular season wins after beating Mississippi State on Saturday.

South Carolina basketball coach Lamont Paris
South Carolina basketball coach Lamont Paris / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Basketball vs. Mississippi State
Stats, Scoring, and Observations

South Carolina basketball set a new record for regular-season wins with a road victory in overtime against Mississippi State (a season sweep of the Bulldogs), and heading into the SEC Tournament, the Gamecocks sit at 25-6.

Here are the stats from the game:

STATS

Mississippi State

Points

Leader: Josh Hubbard with 28

Rebounds

Leader: Cam Matthews with 11

Assists

Leader: Cam Matthews with 4

Steals

Leader: DJ Jeffries with 2

Blocks

Leader: DJ Jeffries and Cam Matthews each with 2

Team

The Bulldogs shot 50%/40%/76% and had 12 turnovers

South Carolina

Points

Leader: BJ Mack with 25

Rebounds

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 8

Assists

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 6

Steals

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 4

Blocks

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles and Josh Gray each with 2

Team

The Gamecocks shot 48.5%/32.1%/83.3% and had 8 turnovers

BOX SCORE

OBSERVATIONS

  • Starters: Ta’Lon Cooper-Meechie Johnson-Zach Davis-BJ Mack-Collin Murray-Boyles
  • Josh Gray came in for Mack early. He immediately had a nice seal for a Collin Murray-Boyles bucket, picked up a block at the rim, and scored through contact at the rim.
  • BJ Mack got away with a travel before scoring, and MSU coach Chris Jans lost his mind on the officials. They responded by calling just about anything possible against the Gamecocks as a make-up.
  • Foul trouble for Gray and Johnson hurt the Gamecocks as both players spent more time on the bench than Coach Paris would have liked. Collin Murray-Boyles also was called for his 3rd late in the opening 20 minutes.
  • An awful stretch with 5 turnovers in 4 minutes allowed Mississippi State to get back into the game, and they rode the momentum from their 9-2 run to make the final margin in the 1st half just 1 point, even though South Carolina led by as many as 9 points.
  • Shortly after halftime, CMB was on triple-double watch. The talented freshman had 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists with 16 minutes left in the game. He finished short of the triple-double but had a great game.
  • The 2nd half was tightly contested, and the lead flip-flopped back and forth as the two teams traded small runs.
  • Overtime only came about after a foul sent Dashawn Davis to the free throw line to tie the game late. The Gamecocks did the same thing in overtime, but Josh Hubbard made 2-3 foul shots to stay down.
  • BJ Mack bounced back in the scoring column with a very nice 25 points on 8-11 shooting.