Gamecocks get downright defensive to defeat Dawgs

uschoops-0The South Carolina men’s basketball team held Georgia to a season-low 22 percent shooting on its way to claiming a 67-50 victory on Saturday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena.

With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 11-9 on the season and 2-6 in SEC play and snap a five-game Georgia winning streak in the series. The Bulldogs drop to 14-6 overall and 5-3 in league play.

Carolina shut down a Bulldog offense that came into the game ranked fifth in the SEC scoring offense (72.3 points per game) and was shooting 45.9 percent from the field on the season. The Gamecocks held Georgia to just 11 made field goals (11-of-50), including only four in the second half. Carolina also made the most of 11 Georgia turnovers, matching a season-high with 25 points off of those turnovers.

The Gamecocks shot 40 percent from the field (22-of-55) and knocked down 17-of-21 free throw attempts on the afternoon. Junior forward Laimonas Chatkevicius paced four Gamecocks in double figures with 12 points and also had four rebounds and three blocks.
Sophomore guard Duane Notice added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists, while sophomore guard Sindarius Thornwell and senior guard Tyrone Johnson each finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Thornwell also dished out four assists and collected three steals. Junior forward Michael Carrera pitched in eight points and led Carolina in rebounding for the fourth straight game with nine.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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