After finding its sea legs in the second half against Vanderbilt, South Carolina reverted to its struggles on both ends of the floor in a 76-62 loss to Alabama Tuesday in Tuscaloosa.
The Crimson Tide shot 59 percent against a porous Gamecocks defense, while USC managed only 36 percent from the field.
Alabama limited South Carolina’s leading scorer Chris Silva to just 9 points in 18 minutes due to foul trouble, with Silva fouling out with 6:46 to play and the game out of reach.
Wesley Myers led the Gamecocks with 15 points and Maik Kotsar added 10.
John Petty paced Alabama off the bench, scoring a team-high 15 of the Tide’s 36 bench points. Alabama survived a night where the conference’s leading scorer, Collin Sexton, scored just five points in 22 minutes.
Following the game, Gamecocks Head Coach Frank Martin said USC just could not stop Alabama when they got hot from the field:
The Gamecocks (10-6, 1-3) return to the road on Saturday, heading to Stegeman Coliseum to face the Georgia Bulldogs (11-3, 2-1). The game tips at 1 PM and can be seen on the SEC Network.