The South Carolina Gamecocks snapped a four-game losing streak Monday to close out the 2018 calendar year with their only December win, a 97-46 triumph over Division II North Greenville.
Needing to get a game in off of a nine-day layoff as a final prep for SEC play, the Gamecocks controlled the run of play, leading by as many as 51.
AJ Lawson led four Gamecocks in double-figures with 22 points, while Chris Silva added 21 points and 9 rebounds. Keyshawn Bryant had multiple high-flying slam dunks in a 19-point effort, and Tre Campbell had his first double-figure game since the Stony Brook affair with 11 points.
South Carolina’s Maik Kotsar returned to the lineup Monday, having missed two games with a concussion. The Gamecocks played without freshman forward Alanzo Frink, who sprained his ankle in practice over the holiday break.
The Gamecocks could enter conference play this weekend potentially without Frink, freshman guard TJ Moss (high-ankle sprain), sophomore forward Justin Minaya (recovering from knee surgery) & freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard (academic issue).
South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin says this team needed this game to get a positive frame of mind after a tough month:
The win puts South Carolina at 5-7 heading into SEC play beginning Saturday night at 7 PM visiting the Florida Gators.