For just the third time in 28 seasons, the South Carolina Gamecocks rang up a 3-0 start in the SEC with an 85-75 victory over the visiting Missouri Tigers on Sunday.
Freshman forward Keyshawn Bryant, who flashed potential to this point but had yet to show up big against a Division I foe, enjoyed a breakout performance with 15 points. Veteran big man Chris Silva added 14 and was matched by Felipe Haase, who also played his best game of the season thus far. Not to be outdone, the surprisingly reliable Hassani Gravett added 12 points off the bench for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina led 42-36 at the half and stayed out in front of the Tigers for the entirety of the second stanza, answering each Missouri bucket with a big play of its own.
The Gamecocks were outrebounded 31-27, but hit a sterling 83 percent of their free throws and also shot 51 percent from the field.
The last time South Carolina got off to an SEC start this good was the Final Four season in 2017, so...just putting it out there.
The Gamecocks (8-7, 3-0 SEC) hit the road to take on Vanderbilt on Wednesday.