Brian Richardson and Lakeem Jackson scored 17 points each as South Carolina rebounded from its first home loss of the season with a 91-56 victory over South Carolina State on Tuesday night.
The Gamecocks (9-4) used a 24-3 run to blitz the Bulldogs (4-9) of the MEAC at the end of the first half and took a 44-22 lead into the break. South Carolina, in its final nonconference game, then opened the second half on a 20-11 spurt in the first five minutes to record their largest margin of victory of the season.
Sam Muldrow chipped in with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high six blocks for the Gamecocks and Bruce Ellington added 13 points.
South Carolina, bouncing back from a New Year’s Day loss to Boston College, finished with 15 blocked shots, one off the school record.
Darnell Porter led the Bulldogs with 16 points.
The Gamecocks shot a season high 53% for the game. Richardson and Damontre Harris recorded career highs with 17 points and 9 points respectively. Harris also had a career high 5 blocks. The Gamecocks had 15 blocks, one off the school record. Their number of blocks matched their number of made free throws.