USC opened the SEC road slate Saturday with a matchup with Ole Miss. The Rebels would lead throughout the game as the Gamecocks were slowed offensively for a season-low in points, losing 65-49.
The loss moves Carolina to 9-5 overall and 0-2 in the SEC, while the Rebels even their record at 1-1 and 10-5 for the season. Tyrone Johnson’s 13 points led the team in scoring, Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice each scored nine.
The game got off to a slow start, as the lights at Tad Smith Coliseum cut out as the teams were heading off for the under-16 minute media timeout. After a 23-minute delay the game resumed. The Gamecocks would trail 33-27 at the break, using an 11-5 run in the final four minutes.
A pair of drives to the bucket for Johnson opened the second half and Carolina would tie the game at 33-all to force a quick timeout. The Rebels would counter will a full-court press that effectively limited the Carolina comeback attempt. After missing most of the first half to foul trouble, Ole Miss’ Stefan Moody erupted for all 16 of his points in the second half as the Rebels pulled away in the middle portion of the final 20 minutes.
The Gamecocks would miss on all 10 of its 3-point attempts in the second half and made just 18-of-49 overall in the game. After tying the game up at 33, it would be three minutes before another field goal would fall to allow a 10-3 run. The final straw would be the cold streak to end the game. After a layup from Thornwell with 4:56 to play to make it a nine-point game, Carolina would go 0-5 from the floor with three turnovers to see Ole Miss end the game on an 8-1 run.
Andy Kennedy press conference