USC broke its five game losing streak Tuesday night with a 79-73 win over Ole Miss at the Colonial Life Arena. It’s the Gamecocks first win since defeating LSU in Baton Rouge February 2nd, and its their first home win since January 19th against Arkansas.
USC improves to 14-12 and 5-8 in the SEC. Ole Miss falls to 17-11 and 5-8 in league play.
The Gamecocks very nearly let this one get away. They led 69-55 with six minutes left but the Rebels fought back and forged a 73-73 tie with 1:30 left.
But the Gamecocks would not be denied. After an Ole Miss timeout, the Gamecocks ran a play that freed up Sam Muldrow at the top of the key and he drained the three pointer for a 76-73 lead. Malik Cooke came up with a steal on the Rebels’ next possession and Ramon Galloway was fouled driving to the basket. Galloway made both shots, the Gamecocks were 20-22 from the line for the game, and Eric Smith added a closing free throw with :13 left.
The Rebels did not score over the final 1:21 missing three three point shots and committing a turnover on their final four possessions.
Muldrow led the Gamecocks with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. For Muldrow, it’s his sixth double-double of the season. Chris Warren led all scorers with a career high 33 points.
USC plays at Georgia Saturday night while Ole Miss returns home to play Alabama.