USC captured its 12th straight win over Georgia Saturday afternoon in Athens 80-68 and freshman guard Devin Carter was a major second half catalyst to the victory. Carter, who came off the bench, scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half. He knocked down six of nine shots from the floor, including a pair of threes, and also had two assists and a rebound in his 12 minutes on the floor in the second half.
Keyshawn Bryant, however, led all scorers with 22 points. He was 8-11 from the floor including a trio of three-pointers. Bryant also grabbed six rebounds and did not commit a turnover in 25 minutes.
The Gamecocks had a couple of key runs in the game, one that put them ahead and the other that helped stave off a Georgia rally. After trailing by eight early on, the Gamecocks ripped off a 20-0 run to take a 34-21 lead. They led 42-38 at the break. The second half was tight until a 9-1 run by the Gamecocks gave them a 69-59 lead with 5:50 to play. Georgia never got closer than seven points the rest of the way. The Bulldogs went scoreless for the last 4:17 of the game and missed their final eight shots.
Carter led a second have shooting resurgence for the Gamecocks. Over the final 20 minutes, they made 59% of their shots with 11 assists. They finished the game with 32 baskets on 21 assists, their high mark for assists this season against Division One opponents. The Gamecocks outscored Georgia in the paint 38-32.
The Gamecocks were also big on the boards outrebounding the Bulldogs 41-27. They had a dozen off the offense glass they converted into 18 points. Defensively, USC was stout limiting Georgia to 42% shooting. The Gamecocks forced 14 turnovers and blocked 7 shots.
With the win, USC snaps a three-game losing streak and improves to 14-10 overall and 5-7 in the SEC. The Gamecocks will play at Ole Miss Tuesday night.
Frank Martin postgame interview
Editor’s Note: This audio is of poor quality due to a technical error; some of what Martin said is audible, we apologize for the inconvenience