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Arkansas jumps out early in 2nd, beats South Carolina 75-59

South Carolina dropped to 1-4 in the SEC with a loss at Arkansas on Tuesday
South Carolina dropped to 1-4 in the SEC with a loss at Arkansas on Tuesday(South Carolina Athletics)
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 1:33 AM EST
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Jaylin Williams scored a career-high 19 points, JD Notae added 17 and Arkansas cruised to a 75-59 victory over South Carolina on Tuesday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Arkansas (13-5, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), yet it ended a string of 1,092 games with at least one made 3-pointer. The last time the Razorbacks didn’t hit a 3 was when they went 0 of 2 at Texas on Jan. 7, 1989.

Arkansas was 0 of 11 from distance but shot 24 of 59 (41%) overall from the field against the Gamecocks.

The Razorbacks trailed by seven points at halftime but opened the second on an 18-3 run, shooting 8 of 16 from the floor for a 51-41 lead. Au’Diese Toney scored six points and Williams added four during the stretch.

South Carolina missed its first 11 field goals after the break before Devin Carter’s jumper and later a free throw made it 51-46 with 10:25 left, but the Gamecocks didn’t get closer.

Toney finished with 13 points and Stanley Umude added 12 for the Razorbacks, who shot 15 of 30 from the floor in the second half and 27 of 33 (82%) overall from the free-throw line.

Carter scored 20 points to lead South Carolina (10-7, 1-4), which has lost three straight. The Gamecocks shot 44% (14 of 32) in the first half but just 22% (6 of 27) in the second. James Reese V scored 10.

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman sat out a second game recovering from last Thursday’s left shoulder surgery.

South Carolina hosts Georgia (5-12, 0-4) on Saturday. Arkansas is at home against Mississippi (9-8, 1-4) on Saturday.

KEY STATS

> Devin Carter led all scorers with 20 points. It’s his second career game with 20 or more points. He scored 22 points against Army on Dec. 22.

> James Reese V was the other Gamecock with 10 or more points. Reese V scored 10 points for his 44thcareer game in double figures and his eight in a Gamecock uniform.

> Carter scored nine points in the final 3:25 of the first half to help Carolina end the opening half of play on a 10-2 run.

> The Razorbacks answered to start the second half with an 18-1 run themselves in the first 7:23 of play in the second half and regain the lead.

> The Razorbacks won the battle down low, outscoring Carolina 42-22 in the paint.

NOTABLES

> The Gamecocks forced 11 turnovers. It’s the first game this season the Gamecocks have forced fewer than 14 turnovers in a game.

> South Carolina did not allow a made field goal from 3-point range. It’s the first time since Jan. 18, 2017, that the Gamecocks have not given up a single 3-point make.

> The Gamecocks moved to 0-4 when they score 59 points or fewer this season.

UP NEXT

> South Carolina returns home to face Georgia (5-12, 0-4 SEC) for another Saturday afternoon contest at Colonial Life Arena. Dave Neal (pxp) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) are on the call remotely for the 3:30 p.m. (ET) broadcast on the SEC Network.