USC defeated Georgia Saturday night in Columbia 78-77 for its second straight SEC victory. The Gamecocks trailed 38-36 at halftime and were down by nine with 9:25 to play. Devan Downey put the Gamecocks up 78-77 on a jumper with :50 to play. That would be the final scoring in the game. The Bulldogs had a chance to take the lead with 3.2 seconds to play but Dustin Ware, an 83% free throw shooter, missed the front end of a one and one. In somewhat of a puzzling move, Georgia coach Mark Fox did not put his other players around the lane, so there was no Bulldog to contest the rebound.
AUDIO: Mark Fox
Gamecock guard Ramon Galloway gathered in the loose ball off the floor and was fouled, just the sixth against Georgia. Galloway was again fouled on the inbounds play and missed the free throw with .2 left to play. The clock expired on the rebound recovery.
AUDIO: Darrin Horn
Devan Downey once again led the Gamecocks with 33 points. Downey was 12-20 from the floor, 4-7 on threes, and 5-5 at the line. Downey has scored at least 29 points in each SEC game this season.
AUDIO: Devan Downey
Sam Muldrow recorded his first career double-double with a career high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Muldrow also had four blocks. The Gamecocks shot 51.8% from the floor for the game, 62.5% in the second half. USC is now 13-8 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. Georgia falls to 9-10 and 1-5 in the league. The Gamecocks are off until next Saturday when they play at Tennessee.