South Carolina Basketball: Gamecock hold on for last-second win over Texas A&M

South Carolina basketball pulled off another road win in SEC play, this one over Texas A&M.

South Carolina basketball guard Meechie Johnson
South Carolina basketball guard Meechie Johnson / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Basketball vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Stats, Scoring, and Observations

South Carolina basketball played a tough game against Texas A&M on Wednesday night, but the Gamecocks pulled out the victory in the closing seconds, bringing their record to 23-5. The final score from College Station was 70-68.

Here are the stats from the game:

STATS

Texas A&M

Points

Leader: Tyrece Radford with 19

Rebounds

Leader: Anderson Garcia with 12

Assists

Leader: Wade Taylor with 4

Steals

Leader: Wade Taylor with 2

Blocks

Leader: Anderson Garcia with 3

Team

The Aggies shot 39%/12%/88% and had 4 turnovers

South Carolina

Points

Leader: Meechie Johnson with 22

Rebounds

Leader: Collin Murray-Boyles with 12

Assists

Leader: Ta'Lon Cooper with 9

Steals

Leader: Meechie Johnson and Stephen Clark each with 1

Blocks

Leader: Josh Gray with 2

Team

The Gamecocks shot 46%/32%/46% and had 9 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, his second game in a row missed.
  • Texas A&M was better on the glass than Carolina early.
  • Stephen Clark played early and gave USC some good minutes.
  • The Gamecocks did not defend the perimeter particularly well early. They gave up a lot of successful dribble drives. However, they tightened up, and they forced A&M into 0-10 outside shooting in the 1st half.
  • Meechie Johnson was scoring better than he's been in a while offensively, scoring 8 points in the first 11 minutes of the game.
  • Just like in the Ole Miss game, the Gamecocks fouled a lot in the 1st half. Collin Murray-Boyles, Ta'Lon Cooper, Zach Davis, and BJ Mack all were whistled twice.
  • Ebrima Dibba got into the game for the first time since the season opener. He scored 2 points in the 1st half but did not score in his minutes in the 2nd half.
  • The post-halftime run changed the game. Carolina came out fast and got up by 9 points in less than 90 seconds. After a few more minutes, they led by 10. Whatever Coach Paris said at halftime worked.
  • A&M had a massive 17-1 run in response to the Gamecocks' fast start to the 2nd half. USC did not lie down, though, and Lamont Paris' team retook the lead quickly.
  • The officiating favored Texas A&M in a big way all night. A&M took 25 free throws compared to just 13 from South Carolina.
  • Meechie Johnson hit the 20-point threshold for just the second time since January 6th.
  • Zach Davis, for the 2nd game in a row, set a new career-high in scoring. He scored 14 against A&M. Collin Murray-Boyles set a career-high in rebounding with 12 boards.

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