South Carolina enjoyed its second straight win and second consecutive game shooting more than 50% from the floor (51%, in this case), which helped compensate for the tepid performance from 3-point land (30%) and another frustrating showing at the foul line (17-of-33).
With the Gamecocks shooting from the field so well, though, those other bugaboos didn’t come back to haunt, and South Carolina never trailed. Arkansas tied the game once on a quick burst to start to the second half and later missed a chance at a buzzer-beating 3, but otherwise, it was USC wire-to-wire.
A.J. Lawson led the Gamecocks with 19 points, and three others reached double figures: Maik Kostar broke back through with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Jair Bolden (12 points) and Trae Hannibal (11) contributed off the bench. Hannibal also showed off some more of his dunking skills, proving that Keyshawn Bryant isn’t the only Gamecock who can jam:
South Carolina (12-8, 4-3 SEC) returns home to host Missouri (10-10, 2-5) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.