USC stopped a five game losing streak to Georgia Saturday 64-48 at the Colonial Life Arena by stopping the Bulldogs’ offense. The Gamecocks clamped down defensively and held Georgia to a season’s low 22 percent from the floor on 11 of 50. Georgia came into the game tied for second in the SEC with a .459 shooting percentage.
That 22% defensive effort by USC is the Gamecocks best ever in a SEC game.
The Bulldogs scored just three baskets in the final 13 minutes of the game. They were playing without leading scorer Marcus Thornton who missed the game with a concussion.
The Gamecocks, not known for their shooting prowess, finished at 40%, their best performance in the last four games, and they knocked down six three pointers. Two other big stats for the Gamecocks…24 points in the paint and 25 points off 11 Georgia turnovers.
Laimonas Chatkevicius led USC with 12 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 blocks. Duane Notice added 11 points. The Dogs JJ Frazier led all scorers with 16 points.
USC ended a four game slide and improves to 11-9 overall and 2-6 in the SEC and faces a two game road trip this coming week to Arkansas and then Vanderbilt. Georgia drops to 14-6 and 5-3.
Here’s more on the game from Colonial Life Arena: