The losing on the SEC road continued fohttp://sportstalksc.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpr South Carolina Wednesday night with a 83-67 loss at Auburn. The Gamecocks haven’t won an SEC game away from home since defeating LSU 82-73 in overtime January 16th of last year, so that streak is now at 16 including last year’s SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi State. The Gamecocks fall to 10-18 overall and 3-12 in the SEC with three regular season games remaining. USC is now locked into one of the two Wednesday night games for this year’s tournament in Atlanta.
Brenton Williams practically was a one man offense for the Gamecocks. He led all scorers with 26 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the floor including 5 three pointers. Mindaugas Kacinas was the only other Gamecock in double figures with 10 points. Sindariuis Thornwell struggled all night making just 2 of 13 shots and finished with 4 points. Michael Carerra scored just 4 points but he did pull in 13 boards. Chris Denson led Auburn with 22.
The Gamecocks once again hurt themselves with turnovers losing the ball 20 times which Auburn converted into 22 points. They trailed by 12 at halftime and the deficit grew to 18 points early in the second half. The Gamecocks clawed back to within 10 points with 3:19 left but that was as close as they would get as the lost their fifth straight game to the Tigers including both games this season.
USC returns home Saturday to face Kentucky with tipoff set for 6:00 PM.
Here’s the game story from USC Sports Information:
Holding an early 6-3 lead after a jumper from freshman forward Demitrius Henry, Auburn struck with a 10-0 run started by a 3-pointer from KT Harrell. Despite a pair of 3-pointers from Dion Wade, Carolina was able to keep the deficit at eight as the teams crossed the midpoint of the half.
A jumper from freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell with 7:41 on the clock cut Auburn’s lead to 21-15. After trading baskets and free throws with the foul total mounting for both teams, but a layup and-one from Denson, pushed the Tigers lead to 37-26 with 1:40 remaining in the half.
After sophomore forward Michael Carrera went 1-of-2 from the line with under a minute remaining, Payne converted both free throws with 14 seconds left to give Auburn a 37-29 lead going into the half. Carolina was held to 8-30 (26.7 percent) from the field.
Carrera opened up the second half with a layup for Gamecocks. The Tigers though responded with a 9-2 run as Shamsid-Deen hit three consecutive 3-pointers to extend their lead to 50-31 just over three minutes in the second half.
The Gamecocks answered the Tigers run with an 11-3 run of their own over the next two minutes with eight points coming from Williams. The Gamecocks though were unable to keep their momentum as the Tigers scored seven unanswered from foul line as they built their lead back up 66-46 with 9:03 left.
Williams was able to cut the deficit back to 15 with his fourth 3 of the of the game, but the back-and-forth game continued as the two teams traded field goals and free throws.
Carolina continued to fight back late as a 10-3 run capped off by a 3 from sophomore forward Brian Steele in the corner with 3:19 remaining cut the deficit to 75-65. That was the closest the Gamecocks would get though as an 8-0 run from the Tigers put the game away as they would go on to win 83-67.
Despite shooting under 30 percent in the first half, South Carolina managed to hit 40.4 percent (21-52) from the field for the game, but Auburn shot 52.1 percent (25-48). The Gamecocks held a 36-25 edge on the glass as Carrera recorded a season-high 13, but the Tigers had an 11-3 advantage in steals and turned it into a 22-14 edge in points off turnovers.