SC goes on road for big win over Georgia

South Carolina hands Georgia first home loss, 64-57

Booker scored 17 and SC withstood Georgia's strong second-half start to beat the Bulldogs 64-57 on Saturday.

Maten: The senior forward, again, established Georgia's offense throughout the game. Heading into the break, the Gamecocks led by eight points at 37-29.

SC (11-6, 2-3) posted the first points of the game and Maten immediately answered with a jumper. From there, the Bulldogs were constantly playing catch-up.

Georgia's loss is the team's second this week and follows a road defeat at Missouri.

South Carolina, which never trailed, was also led by 6-foot-9 junior forward Chris Silva, who had 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks while battling Georgia star Yante Maten. Juwan Parker, who had 11 points, was fouled while making a baseline jumper.

SC guard Frank Booker: Booker gave the Gamecocks a lift off the bench in the first half.

Hassani Gravett added 11 points for USC. In the second half, Booker continued to be the difference-maker, finishing with 17 points. The largest lead was nine by SC. Frank Booker hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 3:15 to allow Carolina the necessary breathing room.

Rebounding the basketball: SC didn't show much of an offensive rhythm throughout the 40 minutes of this basketball game. The Gamecocks gained an early lead over Georgia which they maintained for the entirety of the half and eventually the game. This led to 14 second-chance points, which turned out to be a deciding factor in the game.

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But the Bulldogs could never get the lead, and the Gamecocks won their third straight game in this series. Each time, Georgia's offense either went cold or SC hit a timely shot. "We just got beat up on the backboards in the first half and we got ourselves in position to win the game and our free throw shooting in the second half was really really subpar", Georgia head coach Mark Fox said.

SC only had seven turnovers in the game, compared with 14 for Georgia.

Georgia pulled even with a 10-2 run to open the second half.

Low scoring percentages: Both teams did not shoot well from the field.

SC shot less than 40 percent from the field for a seventh straight game, but it had enough defense, rebounding and clutch offense to cement its third straight win over Georgia. Georgia shot only 35.3 percent (18 of 51) and was also at 25 percent on 3-pointers (3 of 12).

SC was No. 69 and this loss could be costly come March. Smart was in the building hosting a few football recruits. Only UMass at No. 175 is a lower ranked RPI loss for Georgia. I'm sure all our guys have the same mentality, no matter how rigorous it might be, or how it might be extended.

SC never trailed on a day it crashed the offensive boards and forced Georgia into 13 turnovers.

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