South Carolina basketball: Recap, box score from SEC home opener versus Texas A&M
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The dynamic duo of Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier struggled for much of the afternoon against Texas A&M, but another pair of guards helped lead South Carolina to a 79-68 win on Saturday.
Duane Notice and Rakym Felder each scored 19, as they combined to shoot 7 of 12 from behind the 3-point line.
Thornwell, who finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals, struggled shooting, made 6 of 16 shots from the field.
The win, South Carolina’s second in SEC play, improves their overall record to 12-3 (2-0 SEC).
Player of the game
Felder provided a much-needed first half spark, ending a stretch during which the Gamecocks shot 3 of 15 to start the game. The freshman made all three of his 3-pointers and missed just two shots all afternoon. He also chipped in with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Trailing by two at halftime, South Carolina came out of the gates roaring, opening the second half with a 7-0 run. The Gamecocks pushed their lead up to eight before the Aggies went up 59-58 with 7:00 to play.
South Carolina regained the lead when Thornwell scored for the first time since getting the team’s first five points of the afternoon. The Gamecocks then used 12-2 run to help push the lead to as many as 11 points.
What’s next for South Carolina basketball
South Carolina is back in action on Wednesday night with a trip to Knoxville to play Tennessee.