The Auburn Tigers hammered USC at home last Saturday in one of the Gamecocks’ poorest performances of the Darrin Horn era. But on the road Wednesday night against the LSU Tigers, the Gamecocks re-discovered their moxie and scored their second league road win of the season 64-56.
LSU charged back from a 13-point second half deficit to slice the margin down to four in the closing moments. LSU (10-12, 2-5 SEC) had three players reach double figures fueled by Andre Stringer’s 19 points, two away from matching his career high.
Garrett Green chipped in 12 points sparked by an 8-of-11 effort at the foul line and reached double figures for the fifth time in the last eight games. He also grabbed a game-best nine rebounds. Malcolm White was 5-of-11 from the floor en route to 10 points.
Down 57-44 with 5:52 remaining in the second half, the Tigers exploded for nine points in a 98-second span. White and Ralston Turner connected for jumpers coupled with an Aaron Dotson triple and a Stringer lay-up to pull LSU back to 57-53 at the 4:14 mark.
South Carolina (13-7, 4-3 SEC) regrouped after the final media timeout and scored seven of the final 10 points as the Gamecocks led for the entire 40 minutes. LSU was held without a basket for the last 4:14.
Bruce Ellington tallied 13 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to pace USC. Malik Cooke knocked down four of his five shots to garner 12 points for the Gamecocks.
LSU scored 10 of the final 15 points of the first half to trim a 26-17 deficit down to 31-27 heading into the locker room. Stringer scored 11 of his 19 points during the opening stanza.