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South Carolina Gamecocks v. North Carolina A&T Aggies - Final Score, Recap, and Box

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South Carolina was much, much better than North Carolina A&T in their final tune-up of the 2014-15 season.

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We established before the game that South Carolina was much, much better than North Carolina A&T.  It didn't take long for that to show itself at the Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday night.

The Gamecocks scored the first eight points of the evening and raced out to a 21-6 lead in the first eight minutes before stretching their advantage to 47-16 at the half, before cruising to an easy 91-54 victory.  Given how quickly Carolina jumped out ahead of the Aggies, the game was never in doubt.

The biggest story of the evening was that Shamiek Sheppard decided to forego a redshirt season and made his first appearance of the year after recovering from a knee injury sustained this summer.  He'll look to find a role on this squad in their last 19 regular season games, although with a solid nine-man rotation in place, playing time may be more difficult to come by than it appeared when he enrolled.

Still, it's what passed for news on a night where Carolina dominated from beginning to end.

Advanced Box Score
USC NC A&T
Points
91 Score 54
1.261 PPP 0.749
1.621 Non-TO: 1.016
72 possessions
Basic
29-52 FG 18-55
5-9 3P 6-22
28-34 FT 12-15
12 OREB 9
29 DREB 11
16 TO 19
Four Factors
60.58% eFG 38.18%
22.18% TO 26.34%
52.17% OReb 23.68%
65.38% FTR 27.27%
Shooting
55.81% 2P% 36.36%
55.56% 3P% 27.27%
17.31% 3PA% 40.00%
82.35% FT% 80.00%
Legend
PPP = Points per poss.
Non-TO = PPP on non-turnover poss.
eFG = (2PM+(1.5*3PM))/FGA
FTR = FTA/FGA
3PA% = 3PA/FGA

As for individual players, the story of the night was mostly on defense, as the offense saw contributions from everyone in roughly similar proportions.  Six Gamecocks scored double-digit points, led by Mindaugas Kacinas, who had a perfect night of shooting, going 5-5 from the field and 6-6 at the line for 16 points.  Marcus Stroman didn't join the double-digit points club, but he did hand out a team-high seven assists against just two turnovers.

All in all, it was what you wanted from a game like tonight - everyone got to play, everyone played well, no one got hurt, and the reserves saw some minutes.  For the last time this season, Carolina went in a heavy favorite and put together a comprehensive victory.

Starting Saturday, there's no more games like this one.  In Brooklyn, against Iowa State, the Gamecocks get another chance to bolster what's starting to look like a possible NCAA Tournament resume.