Vanderbilt took advantage of its superior size to put the hammer down on USC Saturday night at the Colonial Life Arena 89-79 befored a season’s high crowd of 13,166. The Commodores made 61% of their shots for the game. 21 of their 33 baskets were layups or shots right under the basket. The loss is USC’s first in three SEC games while Vandy improves to 3-0 in the league. The Commodores have won eight straight games.
AUDIO: Darrin Horn
AJ Ogilvy, Vandy’s 6-11 junior center, had his way inside all night making seven of eight shots from the floor. He was 8-13 from the foul line and finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. The Commodores outrebounded the Gamecocks 39-24.
AUDIO: Lakeem Jackson
Devan Downey tried his best to keep the Gamecocks in the game with a season high 35 points, two off his career high. Downey was 12-21 from the floor and 8-9 from the line. He also had six steals and four assists. The Gamecocks forced 20 turnovers which they converted to 25 points.
AUDIO: Devan Downey
The Gamecocks trailed by six at halftime. Vandy came out of the lockerroom and expanded the lead to 13. The Gamecocks were never closer than ten points the rest of the way. USC is 11-6 and 2-1 in the SEC and will play Wednesday at Ole Miss at 9:00 PM. Vanderbilt is 14-3 and 3-0 and will be off until playing Auburn in Nashville next Saturday.