From staff reports/File photo by Allen Sharpe
South Carolina shot just 29 percent from the field in the second half and committed 11 of its 16 turnovers in the final 20 minutues in a 73-64 loss at Wyoming Wednesday night.
South Carolina (4-4) was led by A.J. Lawson's 15 points and nine rebounds. Chris Silva had 11 points and eight rebounds but shot just 3-of-14 from the field. The Gamecocks converted just 3-of-20 of their 3-point attempts.
Justin James scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out five assists for Wyoming. James scored 15 of his points in the second half to help Wyoming (3-6) overcome a 37-33 halftime deficit. The Cowboys opened the second half with a 17-4 run and extended their lead to as many as 12 points. The Gamecocks could get no closer than two possessions the rest of the game.
Jake Hendricks contributed 16 points and TJ Taylor 11 for Wyoming, which made 10-of-20 3-pointers on the night.
Lawson scored in double figures for the sixth time in the team's first eight games, leading the Gamecocks with 15 points. He was a rebound shy of his first career double-double. Silva finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals, which tied a career high.
The Gamecocks now head to Ann Arbor, Mich. on Thursday to prepare for Saturday's noon matchup at No. 5/5 Michigan. The contest will be broadcast on FS1.