Coming off a big upset win against No. 10 Auburn, the South Carolina Gamecocks needed to keep that momentum rolling against the visiting Georgia Bulldogs. Using an astonishing performance from behind the arc, the Gamecocks powered past Georgia 66-57 on Wednesday night to capture consecutive wins.
South Carolina hit a season-high 13 3-pointers, which was more than their made two-point field goals (8) and free throws (11) even though the Gamecocks only shot 31% overall. South Carolina took exceptionally good care of the ball, turning it over just five times to Georgia’s 17, and posted a 78% showing at the free-throw line.
Wes Myers and Chris Silva scored 15 points to lead the Gamecocks (15-13, 6-9 SEC), with Frank Booker right behind them with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from 3. (Seriously, where is this team without Booker?) Felipe Haase enjoyed a career-best performance, adding 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with two 3-pointers of his own.
The Gamecocks now own a four-game winning streak over the Bulldogs (15-12, 6-9), who are trying to hang on to their NCAA Tournament at-large hopes. South Carolina’s own tournament prospects remain remote, but if they can close the season on a high note and a win a game or two in the SEC Tournament, the NIT should be in play at the very least. Both teams are now tied at 10th in the SEC, as South Carolina has been gradually clawing itself out of the league’s basement.
Up next: The Gamecocks travel to Mississippi State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.