South Carolina Clemson basketball

South Carolina guard A.J. Lawson (00) shoots over Clemson guard John Newman III (15) during the first half Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum. Bart Boatwright/The Clemson Insider

AJ Lawson hit some clutch shots in the second half and had a game-high 20 points to lead South Carolina to 67-54 win over rival Clemson Sunday. 

The Gamecocks improved to 7-4 and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Tigers. It was head coach Frank Martin's first road win at Clemson. 

South Carolina shot 45 percent from the floor but won with tenacious defense. The Gamecocks held the Tigers to just 28 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers. The two teams combined for 43 turnovers and 41 personal fouls in a sloppy game at Littlejohn Coliseum. 

Lawson added six rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead South Carolina. Maik Kotsar added 11 points and seven rebounds, while Jair Bolden had 10 points, including two big 3s in teh second half. 

The Gamecocks started the second half with a 14-2 run and led by 11 with 11 minutes remaining. Clemson stared the second half 2-for-12 from the floor. 

Clemson cut the lead to six but Lawson and Bolden hit back-to-back 3s to push the lead back to 12 with 8:30 left. Clemson attempted to rally again but Jermaine Couisnard and Lawson hit back-to-back 3s to keep the lead at 11. 

South Carolina led 28-26 at halftime as the two teams combined for 31 turnovers in the first half. 

The Gamecocks return to the court Dec. 22 to face defending national champion Virginia in Charlottesville.