For 27 minutes of Saturday’s 65-50 loss at Vanderbilt, USC looked like it would win for the first time in Memorial Gymnasium since 2010. The Gamecocks held a 12 point lead and plenty of momentum. But from that point forward, the game belonged to the Commodores.
They outscored the Gamecocks 43-24 in the second half. It’s the second straight road game where USC fell apart in the second half. They were outscored by 13 at Arkansas in the second half Wednesday night in a 20 point defeat.
USC made only 7 shots in the second half and and didn’t make a shot from the floor over the final 6:42 missing it’s final five shots.
Vandy went on an 18-0 run to take control and pulled away to their sixth win in their last seven meetings with the Gamecocks. That run corresponded with bad shooting, bad ball handling and little effort on the boards by the Gamecocks.
Sindarius Thornwell led USC with 12 points. Vandy’s Riley LaChance led all scorers with 19. The Gamecocks fall to 11-11 and 2-8 in the SEC. Vandy improves to 13-10 and 3-7 and moves ahead of USC in the SEC standings to 12th place.
The Gamecocks return to action at home Tuesday night against Missouri at 7:00.
Here’s my review of the game from Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville: