Florida added to its lead in the SEC East and avenged a January loss to USC with a thumping of the Gamecocks Wednesday night at the Colonial Life Arena. The Gators broke a two game losing streak to the Gamecocks and improved to 8-2 in the SEC, 19-5 overall. The Gamecocks lost their second straight game and their third in a row at home. They fall to 4-5 in the SEC and 13-9 overall.
The Gators jumped on the Gamecocks quickly scoring the first nine points. USC didn’t break thru until Ramon Galloway hit a three with 14:35 left in the half. Galloway, in fact, scored the Gamecocks first seven points.
USC closed to within 13-11 but the Gators scored the next seven points. The Gamecocks could get no closer than five points the rest of the half. The Gators finished the half on an 8-3 run for a 38-27 lead at the break.
Florida shot 62% in the opening half. The Gators interior passing was excellent and led to several dunks and close in shots by Vernon Macklin who scored 14 points in the half.
The Gators kept up the onslaught with a 15-8 run to build a 53-35 lead in the first seven minutes of the second half. USC never challenged as 13 points was as close as the Gamecocks would get the rest of the way.
Erving Walker led the Gators with 25 points. Macklin finished with 16 and Chandler Parsons filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.
Bruce Ellington led USC with 14 points but was just 6-19 from the floor. Sam Muldrow and Brian Richardson had 10 points each.
The Gamecocks are back at home Saturday against Georgia at 4:00 PM. Florida will face Tennessee in Gainesville Saturday.