COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina basketball’s winning streak to open SEC play is still intact heading into a difficult week with games against Florida and at Kentucky.
The Gamecocks rolled past Ole Miss in a 67-56 win at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday night, moving to 4-0 to open conference play.
Sophomore forward Chris Silva continued to be a reason behind the success, scoring in double figures for the third time in the four wins. He finished Saturday with a career-high 16 points to go with 11 rebounds.
The Gamecocks burst ahead behind a 9-0 run to close the first half, growing their lead to 34-20 and then extending it to 41-23 early in the second half.
Silva keyed the run with 5 points in a pair of possessions to get the run started. P.J. Dozier extended it with three free throws late in the first half. Maik Kotsar and Silva each had an early second-half hoop before Duane Notice buried a 3-pointer, bringing Colonial Life Arena to a roar and the Gamecocks to an 18-point lead.
The lead would keep growing with Rakym Felder hitting a 3-pointer with less than 8 minutes to play to push it to 25.
Dozier opened the game strong for the Gamecocks in what was an otherwise ugly opening few minutes for both teams. The sophomore guard scored 8 for the first 14 points for South Carolina, including a four-point play.
Player of the game
The big man had key plays and scored well, shooting effectively from the free-throw line and recording a double-double.
Silva hit a pair of tough layups through contact late in the first half, as the Gamecocks started to pull away from the Rebels. He hit the first to push the lead to 27-20, but his second one was better yet.
He rose up, fought through the contact of a pair of defenders, made the shot, drew the foul and hit the free throw to put USC up 31-20.
What’s next for South Carolina basketball
South Carolina kicks off a tough week of games when it hosts Florida at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Colonial Life Arena.