The South Carolina Gamecocks turned the ball over 18 times against the pressure defense of the Arkansas Razorbacks leading to a fourth straight defeat for the visiting side, 81-65, in Fayetteville Tuesday night.
USC’s 18 turnovers led to 26 Arkansas points, as the Hogs shot 47 percent against a Gamecocks defense that has lacked reliability in recent games.
For the first time in Frank Martin’s tenure at South Carolina, the Gamecocks allowed 80 or more points in three consecutive games, all South Carolina losses.
Arkansas used dribble-penetration to foil USC, as Daryl Macon led the Razorbacks with 25 points, 12 of which came from the free-throw line. Jaylen Barford added 24 for Arkansas, doubling up USC’s high scorer Hassani Gravett, who managed just 12 points.
Kory Holden had his best game since returning to action with 11 points, with Justin Minaya also scoring 11 in his second game back from injury.
South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin seemed despondent after the game:
The Gamecocks (13-11, 4-7 SEC) have their first opportunity to earn a sweep over a team they’ve beaten on the road in SEC play when they host Florida Saturday at noon on CBS.