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Darrin Horn applauded the fans at the end of the game, as his now recognized 6th man helped the head coach inspire a second half manhandling of the Florida Gators (17-7, 6-4). After trailing by 4 points, 35-31, the Gamecocks came out with energy and defensive intensity. The result was a 46-36 second half advantage to South Carolina (14-9, 5-4) and a 77-71 SEC victory. At the half the team was challenged to compete harder and just after the half Brandis Raley-Ross was threatened to shoot or suffer the consequences. Raley-Ross with 3 points at the half, finished with 20 points to go along with his 2 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Devan Downey was just Devan, shooting and scooping to 24 points (4 steals, 2 assists and 4 rebounds).
Billy Donovan's club was only 10-23 (43.5%). South Carolina's version of post utilization found Sam Muldrow working the baseline short corners and high post to find 7-13 shooting for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Erving Walker had a solid night for Florida with 20 points. Alex Tyus and Chandler Parsons had a double-double, 11pts/15rebs and 13pts/11/rebs, respectively. But the scoring combination of Downey, Raley-Ross and Muldrow (60 points), primarily in the second half, was too much for the Gators when you add the hostile crowd, missed free throws and turnovers. The unsung hero for the Gamecocks would be Lakeem Jackson, who in contruction worker style piled up 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, giving him a direct hand in 15 Carolina points. His third assist to Ramon Galloway for the 3, placed USC in front for good 56-53 with just over 6 minutes to play. After missing its first 10 3-point shots the Gamecocks went 6-12 down the stretch to hold of the Gators.
Colonial Life Arena South Carolina is 10-2 this season and 27-5 overall under Coach Horn.