What a win.
🔒 🔒— Gamecock Men's Basketball (@GamecockMBB) January 30, 2020
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🔒 🔒 #Gamecocks🐔🏀 // #ForeverToThee pic.twitter.com/ENvjmc5Nhg
The Gamecocks shot an impressive 51% on the court last night, with nearly half of their points coming from the paint (36 points).
South Carolina’s ball movement was a huge part of their win against the Razorbacks where they tacked on 14 assists amongst the team.
Senior Maik Kotsar started at center and had a good night, contributing 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals.
Jair Bolden and Trae Hannibal made massive impacts off the bench, as both of them ended with double digit scoring (11 for Bolden, and 10 for Hannibal).
This showed the great depth that South Carolina has at the guard position that fans have been ready to see all season.
Despite the Carolina defense holding Arkansas less than 27% at the three-point line, Razorback guard Mason Jones could not be stopped on offense.
He ended the night with 34 points, picking up 12 boards and 4 assists.
AJ Lawson was the story behind the Gamecocks scoring tonight, as he shot over 61% from the field.
𝑾𝑰𝑹𝑬-✌️-𝑾𝑰𝑹𝑬 @ItsAJLawson ⚡️🇨🇦#Gamecocks🐔🏀 // #ForeverToThee pic.twitter.com/MWtqr4dLG0— Gamecock Men's Basketball (@GamecockMBB) January 30, 2020
Lawson ended with 19 points, making nearly 43% of his shots taken behind the arch.
The Gamecocks just got out of a tough stretch of games beginning on the 7th of the January and lasting until today (January 30th).
Despite playing a lot of high-octane teams, the Gamecocks still ended the seven game stretch 4-3, with some close games in the losses.
The Gamecocks are now 4th in the SEC East (7th in all of the SEC) and can make the tournament if they continue to compete on their current level.
For USC to have a shot at getting into March Madness, South Carolina can not lose any more “gimme games” and has to stay highly competitive in SEC play to earn a limited spot in the tournament.
The boys return to the hardwood for another SEC matchup against Missouri, February 1st at Colonial Life.
The game will tip-off at 3:30 and can be watched on the SEC Network.