South Carolina got big games from Jermaine Couisnard and Maik Kotsar Wednesday night, but it was not enough as the Gamecocks saw their three-game winning streak come to an end with a 84-70 loss at Ole Miss.
The Gamecocks fell to 13-9 and 5-4 in the SEC. They had won three straight SEC games and five of their last six. Ole Miss improved to 11-11 and 2-7 in the SEC.
Couisnard led the Gamecocks with 28 points, while Kotsar had 19 and eight rebounds.
South Carolina shot just 41 percent from the field and hit just 6-of-20 3-point shots. Ole Miss shot 47 percent.
South Carolina played without defensive stalwart Justin Minaya and struggled to keep the Rebels out of the paint or contain Ole Miss leading scorer Breein Tyree, who had a career-high 38 points.
The Gamecocks struggled early, falling behind 20-10 in the first nine minutes. They rallied to cut the lead to 35-28 on back-to-back baskets by Kotsar but the Rebels closed the half with an 8-4 run to lead 43-32 at the break.
Ole Miss started the second half with an 8-0 run to push the lead to 51-36 but South Carolina rallied behind Couisnard. But every time the Gamecocks got within eight points, Tyree hit another big shot. His 3 with nine minutes remaining put the Rebels up 67-51.
Kotsar and Couisnard sparked a late 9-0 run to cut the lead to 10 with four minutes remaining, but the Gamecocks could get no closer.
The Gamecocks return to Colonial Life Arena Saturday to face Texas A&M at 1 p.m.