A cold shooting first half that resulted in just 12 points left USC with too big of a margin to overcome as the Gamecocks fell to Vanderbilt 67-57 Tuesday night at the Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks dropped to 8-8 overall and 0-2 in the SEC with their second straight loss. The Commodores won their sixth straight game to improve to 12-4 and 2-0 in the SEC.
The Gamecocks had an 8-6 lead with 11:24 left in the first half but went on a scoring drought of over five minutes. They were only down 15-10 when they hit the scoring skids again for over three minutes. Vandy took a 22-12 lead into the locker room. USC shot just 19% in the half to 53% for the Commodores.
Vandy quickly built the lead in the second half outscoring the Gamecocks 10-3 in the first two minutes. The Commodores maintained a lead of around 20 points for most of the second half. USC hit several garbage threes in the final minutes and held Vandy scoreless over the final three and a half minutes to make the final score respectable.
AUDIO: Darrin Horn post game press conference
AUDIO: Malik Cooke and Damontre Harris
AUDIO: Kevin Stallings post game press conference
Bruce Ellington led the Gamecocks with a season high 20 points off the bench. Damontre Harris recored the first double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. John Jenkins led four Commodores in double figures with 14 points. Brad Tinsley added 13 points.
Vandy shot 57% for the game and was 13-22 on three pointers. The Commodores had 19 assists on their 23 baskets. USC finished with a 41% shooting night including 4-13 from three point range. The Gamecocks had just 4 assists on their 22 baskets.
The Gamecocks are back at home Saturday night against Florida. Vanderbilt returns home Saturday to face Florida.