NCAAB Game Recap - South Carolina at Texas A&M
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:00 PM EST

BYU
69
Gonz
92
F
Baylor
75
OkSt
68
F
Lou
79
Duke
73
F
Aub
47
Fla
69
F
Butl
66
DeP
79
F
Kansas
66
Tex
57
F
Nev
55
SDSU
68
F
Oreg
64
Wash
61
F(OT)
FlaSt
83
Mia-FL
79
F(OT)
KY
73
Ark
66
F
WVU
68
KansSt
84
F
UConn
55
Vill
61
F
Hou
65
WichSt
54
F
Purd
50
MD
57
F
Seton
82
StJon
79
F
Colora
54
Ariz
75
F
OhSt
76
PSU
90
F
IaSt
52
TxTch
72
F
NW
71
Ill
75
F
Prov
74
Crei
78
F
UMBC
60
UNH
65
F
IL-C
75
IUPUI
66
F
Syr
71
VaTec
69
F
UNC
52
Pitt
66
F
LaSal
63
URI
66
F
Detr
80
WIGB
83
F
SCar
81
TexAM
67
F
Oral
92
IPFW
68
F
Citad
79
VMI
88
F
MiaO
62
Ball
71
F
LoyMD
80
Army
81
F
Tuls
67
Tul
54
F
TCU
63
Okla
83
F
Clem
54
NCSU
60
F
Marq
84
GTown
80
F
MOSt
68
Evans
58
F
ChaSo
79
HiPt
60
F
Hartfo
57
Vermt
74
F
StBon
63
VACom
91
F
JMU
61
Tows
69
F
StJos
87
Penn
81
F
Hamp
88
UNCA
86
F
Dart
62
Harv
67
F
Ohio
60
E MI
58
F
W&M
57
Drex
84
F
Elon
78
Del
79
F
Boston
70
Colg
79
F
ArkSt
80
CoCar
75
F
Buff
86
CenMI
67
F
Longw
58
Campbl
68
F
Toled
99
Akr
89
F
Rich
97
GMas
87
F
Mercer
90
Samf
75
F
Sac
49
S UT
74
F
NebOm
76
Denv
91
F
GASt
65
Troy
75
F
Rice
68
SoMis
81
F
TexAr
78
ULMo
58
F
Mizzu
74
Alab
88
F
OrSt
76
WaSt
89
F
LoyMa
53
USF
61
F
StMar
78
Pepp
69
F
UTRGV
70
UtVal
72
F
NoAZ
64
N CO
58
F
ColSt
78
AF
65
F
UTEP
70
TexSA
86
F
GaSo
68
SthAL
74
F
LIU
74
Bry
60
F
KennSt
48
NJIT
66
F
StFNY
69
Merrim
64
F
(N/A)
53
RobM
49
F
Lafy
66
Navy
68
F
CenCT
52
MtStM
79
F
UAB
68
FlAtl
65
F
Hof
67
Charl
69
F
NIU
64
BGSU
66
F
HolyC
69
Amer
81
F
NCAT
75
Copp
79
F
CenAR
72
Nich
79
F
How
58
Morg
68
F
NCC
86
BethC
59
F
TNTec
59
E IL
84
F
GrgWas
75
UMass
51
F
ArkLR
73
App
57
F
FlGlf
65
N AL
70
F
Lamar
58
TXAMC
64
F
JacSt
64
SIU-E
56
F
StPet
71
Quin
51
F
USC-Up
67
GWebb
83
F
Kent
63
W MI
67
F
Radf
75
Presb
64
F
FlaAM
65
SCSt
81
F
Charl
63
W Ky
80
F
N TX
51
LaTec
50
F
MorSt
59
Belm
77
F
InWor
56
SFA
80
F
Alc
105
MsVl
73
F
E KY
92
TNSt
88
F
APSU
92
TN-M
81
F
Murr
96
SEMO
91
F(OT)
SoFL
54
UCF
55
F
Stetsn
64
Jacksn
59
F
UCDav
66
CSNor
62
F
NM
78
UNLV
99
F
Fres
65
Wyo
50
F
E WA
71
MTSt
58
F
Tenn
66
Vand
45
F
NrthIA
86
Brad
71
F
PVAM
64
Gram
57
F
MD-ES
52
Norf
62
F
Stan
78
USC
82
F(OT)
AlSt
65
AlaAM
56
F
TXSo
77
JackSt
66
F
Oakl
68
WIMil
73
F
Ind
82
Nebras
74
F
Clev
49
NoKY
75
F
YSU
72
WriSt
79
F
ETSU
85
WCU
66
F
Albany
62
Stony
70
F
SacHr
65
StFPA
72
F
NE
74
UNCW
76
F(OT)
Chat
52
UNCG
72
F
OlDom
67
Marsh
68
F
Monm
65
Manh
58
F
Lipsco
60
Lib
67
F
MidTN
69
FlInt
83
F
Corn
61
Colum
75
F
Leh
56
Buck
72
F
McNee
65
NOrl
52
F
CS-Ful
66
LongB
62
F
Temp
52
SMU
68
F
UVA
63
GaTec
58
F
IndSt
77
Valpa
86
F
TxSt
68
ULLa
59
F
LSU
80
Miss
76
F
SamH
95
HBU
75
F
SeLA
55
AbCh
76
F
UGA
59
MisSt
91
F
South
75
ArkPB
56
F
Pacif
80
SCla
84
F
Ida
63
Mont
67
F
Utah
64
AzSt
83
F
NMSt
75
Seatt
67
F
USD
77
Portl
67
F
UtSt
83
Bois
88
F(OT)
IdaSt
76
PorSt
82
F
UCRiv
53
UCIrv
69
F
UCSB
63
HI
70
F
CSBak
ChiSt
PPD
GrCan
UMKC
PPD

Jan 18, 2020, 1:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

South Carolina (10-7)

39

42

81

Texas A&M (8-8)

33

34

67

South Carolina uses 3-ball to down Texas A&M 81-67
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:47 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin figured shooting would be a team strength this year.

"Then the season hit, and we couldn't make a shot to save our lives," Martin said.

That wasn't a problem Saturday, as Jair Bolden scored 19 points and the revived Gamecocks defeated Texas A&M 81-67 on Saturday afternoon.

The Gamecocks made 16-of-30 of their 3-point attempts (53.3%), in keeping the Aggies at arms' length for most of the second part of the second half. The Aggies, one of the nation's worst 3-point shooting teams, finished 3-of-14 from 3-point range (21.4%), in failing to keep up with South Carolina down the stretch.

Bolden made 5 of 7 from distance, including 3 of 4 in the second half. He also finished with six assists, second only to teammate Maik Kotsar's game-high seven. The team's 16 3-pointers tied a school record.

"We don't win without Jair's efforts," Martin said. "With his shot making, his play making against a team that's difficult because of (A&M's) three-quarter press defense. It doesn't allow you to play in structure, it makes you play in space and makes you make decisions, and for the most part we made pretty good decisions."

The Gamecocks (10-7, 2-2 SEC) led 39-33 at halftime thanks to 10 points each from Justin Minaya and Bolden over the first 20 minutes. The Aggies (8-8, 2-3) briefly grabbed a lead at 49-48 nearly midway through the second half before the Gamecocks reclaimed the lead for good, primarily thanks to the long shot (10 of 18 from the 3-point line in the second half).

"They play good defense, but it's a scheme we practiced against and coach prepared us for," Bolden said. "We knew they were going to plug the gaps in the paint and (make us) make extra passes. From one game to the next, we have talented guys who can play well and step up. When coach calls my number, I'm ready."

Minaya added 18 points and Jermaine Couisnard chipped in 17 for the Gamecocks, and South Carolina also held a 38-27 rebounding edge.

"Half of their shots were from the 3-point line, and we did an incredibly poor job contesting those shots," A&M first-year coach Buzz Williams said. "And they outrebounded us by 15 (23 to 8) in the second half."

One sequence with a little more than seven minutes remaining summed up South Carolina's effort: The Gamecocks missed five consecutive shots, two jump shots and three layups, on the same possession, but followed each with an offensive rebound. Couisnard rewarded his teammates' hustle with a 3-pointer from the right corner to cap the flurry of misses and rebounds, and lift South Carolina to a 63-55 lead.

Josh Nebo led the Aggies with 18 points.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: Following three consecutive losses, including to Stetson just prior to opening SEC play, the Gamecocks are on a bit of roll in league play, in following up an 81-78 home victory over No. 10 Kentucky on Wednesday with Saturday's triumph on the road, in which they pulled away late.

Texas A&M: The Aggies need to win their home games if they're to have any hope of a postseason berth, but this week they dropped contests in Reed Arena to LSU (in overtime on Tuesday) and then Saturday in a game they were favored to win.

STAT OF THE DAY

The Gamecocks shot better from outside the 3-point line (16 of 30) than inside it (13 of 30).

HIGHLIGHT REEL

South Carolina's Keyshawn Bryant collected a block and steal on back-to-back possessions a minute into the game, in setting the Gamecocks' frenzied pace the rest of the way.

HE SAID IT

"When I grow up, I want to be like him."

Buzz Williams on Frank Martin, whom he considers a mentor.

UP NEXT

The Gamecocks stay on the road at Auburn on Wednesday.

The Aggies play at Missouri on Tuesday.

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Leaders

South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Nelson 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Bryant 0 0 0 0 1 1
Texas A&M PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Aku 0 0 0 1 0 0
Y. Gultekin 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

SCar TexAM
Points For 81 67
Field Goals 29/60-48% 18/44-41%
Three Pointers 16/30-53% 3/14-21%
Free Throws 7/8-88% 28/41-68%
Offensive Rebounds 14 9
Defensive Rebounds 24 18
Rebounds 42 32
Blocks 3 3
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 16 13
Personal Fouls 27 14
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - SCar Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 18 SCar 81 @ TexAM 67 A. Frink 2 J. Chandler 3

Game Information

Stadium: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
Attendance: 7,466
Game Time: