Gamecocks shock Rebels, snap six-game losing skid

Junior guard Eric Smith hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining and freshman forward Laimonas Chatkevicius blocked the final Ole Miss shot to give South Carolina (13-13, 3-10 SEC) a 63-62 conference win over Ole Miss (19-7, 8-5 SEC) at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday night.

Freshman forward Michael Carrera notched his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds, both were team-highs. In addition to hitting his first collegiate game-winner, Smith scored 12 and dished out five assists; both were highs in conference play this season.

Junior guard Bruce Ellington had nine points on the night and Chatkevicius added seven points and seven boards. The Gamecocks only registered just 10 turnovers in the game, matching a season-low.

Ole Miss senior forward Murphy Holloway scored a game-high 19 points and had 13 rebounds. Junior guard Marshall Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer with 19.7 points per game, tallied 11 in the contest. Freshman guard Derrick Millinghaus also scored 11 on the night.

South Carolina shot 40 percent for the game, going 26-of-65 from the floor, including an 8-of-19 (42%) performance from behind the arc. Ole Miss shot 37.5% on 24-of-64 shooting. The visitors connected on eight of their 24 3-point attempts.

The Rebels failed to connect on their last seven shots of the game as the Gamecocks snapped a six-game losing streak.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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