NCAAB Game Recap - South Carolina at Arkansas
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:30 PM EST

Baylor
67
IaSt
53
F
SDSU
85
NM
57
F
Lou
86
BC
69
F
Dayt
73
Duques
69
F
DeP
57
Seton
64
F
WVU
81
TxTch
89
F
Vand
62
KY
71
F
NW
50
MSU
79
F
Hou
69
ECU
59
F
Alab
76
LSU
90
F
Ind
49
PSU
64
F
Buck
59
Army
68
F
Mercer
71
ETSU
55
F
Temp
63
UConn
78
F
Mem
59
UCF
57
F
Wake
80
ND
90
F
David
104
GrgWas
107
F(4OT)
MOSt
66
NrthIA
95
F
Valpa
69
Brad
80
F
Stony
84
UMassL
76
F
UNCG
72
WCU
58
F
Monm
63
StPet
66
F
Vermt
56
UNH
43
F
HolyC
66
Navy
81
F
Albany
67
UMBC
63
F
StJos
76
UMass
91
F
Drake
56
IndSt
58
F
Bingha
57
Hartfo
73
F
VMI
72
Furm
74
F(OT)
StBon
62
Ford
55
F(OT)
Woff
79
Citad
56
F
Lafy
80
Colg
78
F
LoyMD
77
Boston
92
F
Chat
92
Samf
84
F
TXAMC
61
SamH
80
F
Nich
74
McNee
80
F(OT)
SoFL
66
Tul
52
F
Tex
62
TCU
61
F
Okla
53
KansSt
61
F
SeLA
68
CenAR
88
F
LoyIL
63
SIU
68
F
SDSt
76
Oral
61
F
NWSt
82
NOrl
74
F
Evans
66
IlSt
77
F
InWor
84
HBU
82
F
StLou
77
LaSal
76
F(OT)
AbCh
61
SFA
71
F
SCar
79
Ark
77
F
Marq
84
Xav
82
F(2OT)
CBU
65
UtVal
61
F
Nev
91
ColSt
92
F
SJSU
71
Bois
99
F
AzSt
65
WaSt
67
F

Jan 29, 2020, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

South Carolina (12-8)

38

41

79

Arkansas (15-5)

32

45

77

Lawson scores 19; South Carolina holds off Arkansas 79-77
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:55 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) A.J. Lawson scored 19 points for South Carolina and the Gamecocks never trailed but needed an Arkansas missed 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 79-77 victory on Wednesday night.

Each time Arkansas pulled within a possession, South Carolina responded, going 6 for 6 from the floor in the second half when the Razorbacks were that close.

"That's the one thing I was so proud of our guys," South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. "And we did it without making free throws or 3s. We continued to scrap and fight and scrap and fight, and made enough plays offensively."

The Gamecocks (12-8, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) shot 51% from the field, using their size and strength advantage to the effect of 36 points in the paint. Maik Kotsar, Trae Hannibal and Jair Bolden joined Lawson in double figures, scoring 10, 11 and 12, respectively.

Mason Jones had 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead Arkansas (15-5, 3-4). Isaiah Joe, who missed Arkansas' win on Saturday against TCU with knee inflammation, came off the bench to add 16 points.

The Razorbacks tied the game only once when Jones' driving lay-up and subsequent free throw knotted it at 40-all with about 19 minutes left. South Carolina made five of its next six from the floor and rebuilt its lead to nine.

Arkansas pulled to 78-77 on a pair of Jones free throws with 28 seconds to play and had the final possession with 26 seconds left, but Joe's 3-point shot from the corner careened off the rim to end the game.

South Carolina's edge in the inside was more pronounced. Arkansas, which played just one player taller than 6-foot-6, was challenged at the rim and shot just 32% in the first half and 41% for the game.

The frustration on the inside led to settling on the outside, Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. The Razorbacks shot 7 of 26 from long range.

"We take 26 3s. We took nine the other night," he said. "If, as a team you shoot under 30 percent from 3, you can't keep doing that. It's not effectively for us right now, not taking that many when we took nine last game."

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas fell to 10th in the SEC with the loss, damaging their NCAA Tournament chances.

South Carolina's overall record isn't as good as Arkansas, but the Gamecocks are in a tie for fourth in the SEC with five other teams nearing the midway point of the conference schedule.

LET'S GET PHYSICAL

The style fit South Carolina's build as the teams combined to commit 57 fouls. Arkansas, which normally plays just seven players, had one player foul out. South Carolina had two disqualified, but its effect was different for Martin's usual 11-man rotation.

ASSOCIATED TROUBLES

Better free-throw shooting from either team would have helped their causes. Arkansas made 26 of its 40 shots (65%) from the line to South Carolina's 17 of 33 clip (51.5%). Neither Martin nor Musselman were happy with their team's percentage after the game.

"When you leave points on the board like we did from the foul line, I don't know what else to do but have them shoot some more fouls shots, reps," Musselman said.

UP NEXT

South Carolina hosts Missouri on Saturday.

Arkansas plays at Alabama on Saturday.

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Leaders

South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Moss 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Frink 0 0 1 0 0 0
Arkansas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Cylla 0 0 0 0 1 0
E. Henderson 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

SCar Ark
Points For 79 77
Field Goals 28/55-51% 22/54-41%
Three Pointers 6/20-30% 7/26-27%
Free Throws 17/33-52% 26/40-65%
Offensive Rebounds 5 7
Defensive Rebounds 31 29
Rebounds 36 39
Blocks 2 1
Steals 4 5
Turnovers 16 16
Personal Fouls 33 23
Technical Fouls 0 1
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 29 SCar 79 @ Ark 77 K. Bryant 4 R. Chaney 3

Game Information

Stadium: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Attendance: 14,085
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