Devan Downey had 22 points, seven steals and six assists as South Carolina beat Princeton 84-58 Tuesday night to hand the Tigers their largest margin of defeat at Jadwin since it opened in 1969. It was Princeton's biggest home loss since dropping its 1929-30 season-opener to Albright, 46-16.
It was the first road win for South Carolina (5-1), which rebounded from its first loss of the season by shooting 54.2 percent and putting four players in double figures.
"I think it was really big and I think what's bigger is we challenged our guys to get it done on the defensive end and (impressed on them) how important that is when you go on the road," said Gamecocks coach Darrin Horn, whose team scored 33 points off the Tigers' 26 turnovers. "They responded really well."
Downey, who has 69 points in his past three games, felt that his defense has been a big factor in his scoring output.
"Going out every night, I'm a game changer," the guard said. "I can't worry about the offense. The offense will come. But the way my team is going to need me the most is on the defensive end as a game changer."
Zam Fredrick added 20 points for the Gamecocks (5-1), who snapped a two-game Princeton winning streak. Princeton's previous worst loss at Jadwin was 73-48 to Penn in 1999. Evaldas Baniulis added 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting and Mike Holmes added 13.
Dan Mavraides had 15 points off the bench for Princeton (2-3), which is 0-3 at home, and Doug Davis added 13. Princeton shot 42.9 percent and continued to be plagued by turnovers.
"It's hard to turn the ball over that many times and give your opponent that many second chances to hurt you," Princeton coach Sydney Johnson said.