The South Carolina Gamecocks improved to 13-3 on the season and 3-0 in league play with a 70-60 road win against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols drop to 8-8 and 1-3 in league play on the year.
The game got off to a tough start as both teams struggled to get anything going on offense. The Gamecocks were the first team to hit double digits at the 11:28 mark of the first half. The Gamecocks managed to pull away for a 27-12 lead during the first half. But Carolina failed to score in the final four minutes of the half and Tennessee went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 27-21 at the break.
Carolina started the second half with a 7-0 run to push the lead to 13. The Gamecocks controlled the game from there as they maintained a lead the entire second half.
The Gamecocks were led by Sindarius Thornwell. In his third game back the senior led the team with 22 points. He did most of his damage from the foul line as he shot 9-10 from the charity stripe. Hassani Gravett and Duane Notice joined Thornwell in double figures. Gravett scored 12 and Notice finished with 11 as both shot 2-4 from the three point line. P.J. Dozier fouled out in the second half with six points.
Tennessee had three players in double figures. Grant Williams led the Vols with 15 points. Robert Hobbs III and Lamonte Turner both scored 12. The Vols had been relying on scoring from the bench. After three straight games with 30 points from the bench the Vols only managed 19.
Both teams turned the ball over 22 times in the contest. Carolina forced 12 steals as they were able to get the fast break going, scoring 17 points. The Gamecocks were able to edge the battle on the glass by one. The key stat in the win was the difference from the three point line. Carolina shot 7-13 from three while the Vols were only 1-11.
Next up for the Gamecocks is a home game against the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.