South Carolina needed a big road win after suffering two straight losses.
South Carolina got exactly what it needed on Saturday against Georgia in Athens. USC won 86-80 in one of the Gamecocks’ best offensive performances of the year.
The difference was South Carolina made 56.9 percent of their shots while the Bulldogs only made 40.6 percent. The Gamecocks also shot 68.6 percent from the perimeter.
South Carolina held the lead the whole game despite major pushes by the Bulldogs. At one point, the Gamecocks had a 15 point lead, but Georgia pushed it to only a five point lead at halftime. The game was fairly close throughout the second half, and Georgia even made it a three point game with a minute left.
Freshman AJ Lawson was the key player in this game, as he put up 19 points and seven rebounds. In the last minute of the game, Lawson made three free throws and had two rebounds to secure the win.
Chris Silva also made an impact putting up 19 points and six rebounds in only 26 minutes. The most confusing part of this game was that Frank Martin pulled Silva from the game with nine minutes left in the first half because he had two fouls. This helped Georgia close the lead.
South Carolina needed this momentum because their next three games consist of Kentucky, Arkansas, and top-ranked Tennessee. To make things harder, the Kentucky and Tennessee games are on the road.
If South Carolina can finish that stretch 2-1, they will likely gain attention for the NCAA Tournament.