Run in second half lifts Gamecocks

COLUMBIA — Devan Downey scored 22 points and South Carolina defeated Mississippi 82-71 Saturday night.

 

The Gamecocks (14-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), who defeated No. 24 Florida on a shot at the buzzer Wednesday night, went on a 26-5 run against the Rebels that started with the last basket of the first half and carried over to the first eight minutes of the second.

Downey hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left in the first half to give the Gamecocks the lead for good at 37-35.

Mike Holmes and former Josey standout Dominique Archie then led a charge in which South Carolina scored the first 11 points of the second half. Archie finished with 12 points.

The Rebels (10-9, 1-4) missed their five field goal attempts in second half, before David Huertas hit two free throws. Mississippi didn't make a field goal until the 11:23 mark when Huertas hit a 3.

Huertas scored 25 points for Mississippi.

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