The South Carolina Gamecocks could not overcome one of their worst halves of basketball this season, as the Texas A&M Aggies prevailed 83=60 Saturday in College Station.
Texas A&M jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first half and never looked back, leaving South Carolina behind after the Gamecocks started 1-for-13 shooting. USC never found its footing in the first 20, shooting 21 percent for the half and 2-of-12 from beyond three.
The Aggies created some space in the second half after the Gamecocks dug such a large hole, as A&M led in the second half by as many as 29 points.
Kory Holden and Justin Minaya returned from injury for South Carolina, with Holden making his first appearance since injuring his hamstring at Clemson.
Minaya showed no signs of wear from his sprained right ankle, leading the Gamecocks with 16 points. Chris Silva struggled on 3-of-16 shooting with 12 points.
USC Head Coach Frank Martin said he’s still searching for answers with a Gamecocks team that’s dropped four of its last five contests:
South Carolina (13-10, 4-6 SEC) will continue a hectic part of their schedule after coming back to Columbia from College Station. The Gamecocks travel back into SEC West territory to play at Arkansas Tuesday night at 7 PM.