AJ Lawson vs. Georgia

AJ Lawson scored 20 points and South Carolina held Georgia to just one field goal in the first 14 minutes to earn a runaway 75-59 win over the struggling Bulldogs Wednesday night.

South Carolina won its second straight game to improve to 15-9 and 7-4 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have won seven of its last nine games to climb to fourth in the SEC and put themselves in contention for postseason play. 

Lawson was efficient offensively, scoring a game-high 20 points while going 7-of-10 from the floor in just 23 minutes of action. It marks his sixth 20-point outing of the season and 12th of his career.

The Gamecocks had four players in double figures. Redshirt freshman Jermaine Couisnard had 14 points, while Keyshawn Bryant had 12 and Maik Kotsar 11. Sophomore Alanzo Frink led Carolina with nine rebounds. 

South Carolina led 27-5 before the Bulldogs' second field goal with less than six minutes remaining in the first half.

Georgia (12-12, 2-9) is 13th among 14 SEC teams and has lost seven of its last eight games, including three straight.

Anthony Edwards, the nation's top-scoring freshman with an average of 19.7 points per game, led Georgia with 16 points despite missing each of his seven 3-pointers. Georgia made only 3 of 24 3s.

South Carolina stretched its lead to 23 points, 49-26, on a three-point play by Couisnard early in the second half.

Georgia finally built some offensive momentum midway through the half. Donnell Gresham's four-point play cut the Gamecocks' lead to 55-41. But Couisnard answered with a quick 3-pointer and South Carolina pushed the lead back to 20 points.

The Carolina defense held Georgia's high-powered offense to almost 20 points below their season average of 76.8 points. Georgia shot just 34.6 from the field. 

The Gamecocks, who came into the game leading the league (16th nationally) in field goal percentage defense, have now held 12 opponents below 40 percent shooting. They are 8-2 record when holding teams to less than 39 percent.

The Gamecocks were dominate inside with a 12-point advantage on the boards (45-33) and a 40-22 edge in the paint.

The win marks the team's sixth true road win of the season, the most since the 2016-17 Final Four team, which also won six contests away from Colonial Life Arena.


The Gamecocks return to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday for a 6 p.m. ET matchup vs. Tennessee (14-10, 6-5 SEC).