South Carolina defeats Georgia Southern

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina showed it doesn't need Devan Downey to score 20 points every night.

The senior All-SEC player finished with 14 points, but six other Gamecocks chipped in with nine or more as South Carolina pulled away for a 90-66 victory over Georgia Southern on Monday night.

The Gamecocks (2-0) were led by Dominique Archie's 18 points. Brandis Raley-Ross finished with 13 points, Mike Holmes added 12 and freshman guards Ramon Galloway and Lakeem Jackson scored 10 and nine points each.

"We had five guys in double figures, and two of them were coming off the bench," South Carolina coach Darrin Horn said. "That's part of the design. We want to continue to do that."

South Carolina took control with 21 unanswered points against the Eagles (1-1), who were picked to finish sixth in the Southern Division of the Southern Conference.

The biggest lead for either team during the first 20 minutes was Georgia Southern's seven-point cushion, but South Carolina scored the final five points of the first half to take a 43-36 lead at the break.

Holmes scored the first two field goals of the second half to start a 16-0 run that lasted the opening 5:12. Archie connected on a 3-pointer and Jackson scored five straight before Holmes finished the run with four straight points.

"We did not come out ready, but we responded well and found a way to grind it out," Horn said.

Archie, who added 10 rebounds, said the focus in the second half was to bring more energy and be more assertive.

"We take every play as a chance to gain momentum, and we emphasized that at the half," Archie said. "We came out kind of slow, but made some plays to open the second half and fed off of that."

Ben Drayton scored 15 and Willie Powers added 14 points to pace Georgia Southern.


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