A balanced scoring effort and a suffocating defense helped guide the Gamecocks (5-3) to a 75-49 win over Oklahoma State (7-1) Saturday afternoon in their matchup in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Carolina guard play dictated the game, as the five-man rotation combined to score 56 points. Duane Notice led all scorers with 20 points, his second straight 20-point effort.
South Carolina held a 9-5 advantage at the first media timeout of the contest with 14:26 remaining in the half. Tyrone Johnson scored on a fast-break lay-in off Laimonas Chatkevicius’ third block of the half out of the break, but the Cowboys scored two at the free throw line after a called foul on the Gamecocks.
Hard work, and high energy on both ends of the floor by the Gamecocks and a lay-up and two at the foul line from Sindarius Thornwell saw Carolina’s lead extend to 17-10 with just under nine minutes to play in the half. The Gamecock defense held Oklahoma State to just 16 percent through its first 18 attempts, connecting on just three.