USC used a 19-5 run in the second half to pull away from pesky Lipscomb University of Nashville 92-76 Friday afternoon at the Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks led by only five points before going on their run which stretched over seven minutes midway thru the second half.
The Bison missed eight straight shots during the Gamecocks’ run. But Lipscomb kept firing away threes and got as close as 11 points with three minutes to play. A Michael Carrera three and a bucket by PJ Dozier reestablished the Gamecocks hold on the game.
Six Gamecocks scored in double figures with Laimonas Chatkevicius leading the way with 17 points. Duane Notice added 16. Josh Williams of Lipscomb led all scorers with 21.
The Bison attempted 35 three pointers connecting on 13 but the Gamecocks dominated inside scoring 54 points in the paint and winning the rebounding battle 43-29. Freshman Chris Silva led the Gamecocks on the boards with seven.
USC is now 6-0 continuing its best start since going 8-0 to open the 2004-05 campaign. Gamecocks are back in action at home Monday night against Western Carolina.