NCAAB Game Recap - Texas A&M at South Carolina
Sat Feb 8, 2020 1:00 PM EST

OkSt
70
Baylor
78
F
Gonz
90
StMar
60
F
Kansas
60
TCU
46
F
SDSU
89
AF
74
F
UVA
73
Lou
80
F
StLou
65
Dayt
71
F
Duke
98
UNC
96
F(OT)
Mia-FL
81
FlaSt
99
F
Seton
70
Vill
64
F
LSU
90
Aub
91
F(OT)
WVU
59
Okla
69
F
Oreg
53
OrSt
63
F
KY
77
Tenn
64
F
MSU
68
Mich
77
F
Nebras
72
Iowa
96
F
StJon
82
Crei
94
F
Minn
77
PSU
83
F
UCLA
65
Ariz
52
F
Stan
74
Colora
81
F
SMU
90
Temp
97
F(OT)
WIMil
80
IUPUI
79
F(OT)
BC
77
VaTec
73
F(OT)
Stony
64
UNH
81
F
DeP
72
GTown
76
F
URI
82
GrgWas
51
F
TexAM
54
SCar
74
F
VMI
75
Citad
64
F
HolyC
68
Boston
77
F
UTRGV
75
ChiSt
64
F
Princ
62
Corn
73
F
Penn
76
Colum
67
F
GaTec
64
Pitt
73
F
Oral
76
NDSt
83
F
Fla
51
Miss
68
F
N TX
71
UAB
64
F
Maine
82
Bingha
75
F
Furm
82
WCU
73
F
Leh
62
Lafy
59
F
Purd
74
Ind
62
F
Rich
59
Ford
53
F
Tows
76
Drex
69
F
JMU
78
Del
80
F
Navy
60
Colg
67
F
TexAr
75
CoCar
89
F
Army
62
Amer
72
F
E MI
58
Akr
59
F
StBon
83
Duques
80
F
SDak
82
N DA
68
F
ArkSt
87
ArkLR
90
F
Winth
70
Longw
68
F
RobM
61
SacHr
58
F
GASt
77
ULMo
69
F
Ark
79
Mizzu
83
F(OT)
MiaO
46
Ohio
77
F
SoFL
75
Mem
73
F
TxTch
62
Tex
57
F
TxSt
57
App
60
F
Seatt
87
UtVal
85
F(OT)
PorSt
57
S UT
85
F
Drake
73
NrthIA
83
F
CenCT
60
Bry
64
F
UMBC
60
UMassL
50
F
Jacksn
65
NJIT
54
F
StFPA
85
Merrim
68
F
MtStM
67
StFNY
70
F
TexSA
84
Charl
91
F
FlInt
66
FlAtl
59
F
Elon
72
Charl
65
F
NE
71
Hof
75
F
WIGB
58
IL-C
71
F
MD-ES
53
Morg
61
F
NCAT
73
BethC
78
F
NCC
68
Copp
63
F
ETSU
73
Mercer
60
F
How
78
FlaAM
82
F(OT)
Lib
74
N AL
56
F
E KY
75
SIU-E
83
F
CenAR
82
McNee
76
F(OT)
Lipsco
72
KennSt
66
F
GWebb
88
USC-Up
57
F
Ball
64
W MI
68
F
(N/A)
64
LIU
67
F(OT)
Presb
62
Campbl
79
F
Toled
83
BGSU
85
F
MorSt
65
E IL
71
F
SamH
82
Nich
88
F
StJos
66
LaSal
83
F
Buck
65
LoyMD
78
F
MTSt
49
E WA
74
F
SeLA
75
InWor
82
F(OT)
NebOm
64
SDSt
81
F
JacSt
75
TN-M
61
F
TNTec
62
SEMO
60
F
AlSt
87
MsVl
74
F
IPFW
70
Denv
63
F
NOrl
74
SFA
81
F
Hamp
72
ChaSo
85
F
ECU
81
Tul
67
F
Wyo
68
NM
97
F
Rice
91
MidTN
83
F
Clev
55
YSU
67
F
Alab
105
UGA
102
F(OT)
Harv
71
Brown
72
F
APSU
63
Belm
71
F
TXSo
59
PVAM
69
F
Alc
57
JackSt
86
F
South
62
Gram
66
F
DelSt
57
Norf
85
F
NFla
69
FlGlf
60
F
Chat
84
Woff
77
F
SJSU
77
Nev
95
F
Detr
65
NoKY
84
F
Radf
81
HiPt
70
F
Dart
57
Yale
75
F
Oakl
71
WriSt
83
F
UTEP
53
OlDom
72
F
W&M
64
UNCW
70
F
LaTec
79
Marsh
83
F(OT)
Vermt
69
Hartfo
68
F
SoMis
72
W Ky
75
F
Wake
73
Syr
75
F
KansSt
63
IaSt
73
F
Fres
67
UNLV
68
F
Cal
45
Utah
60
F
NMSt
67
UMKC
61
F
GaSo
86
ULLa
79
F
MOSt
66
SIU
68
F
IndSt
67
IlSt
74
F
NWSt
93
HBU
79
F
Lamar
49
AbCh
84
F
Prov
58
Xav
64
F
AlaAM
58
ArkPB
54
F
Vand
70
MisSt
80
F
Murr
73
TNSt
65
F
NoAZ
70
Web
76
F
Sac
63
IdaSt
59
F
Mont
82
Ida
71
F
USF
76
BYU
90
F
UCRiv
59
CSNor
61
F
HI
75
CAPoly
79
F(OT)
GrCan
103
CBU
98
F
UCIrv
61
UCSB
64
F
Portl
81
USD
88
F(2OT)
Pepp
78
Pacif
79
F
Bois
61
UtSt
70
F
USC
64
AzSt
66
F
UCDav
87
CS-Ful
81
F

Feb 8, 2020, 1:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Texas A&M (11-11)

23

31

54

South Carolina (14-9)

41

33

74

South Carolina uses strong first half to top Texas A&M 74-54
Sat Feb 8, 2020 4:27 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin finally has his “mouthpiece" in freshman Jermaine Couisnard and that could mean more big things ahead for the Gamecocks.

Couisnard had 19 points as South Carolina used a big first-half run to put away Texas A&M 74-54 on Saturday, the Gamecocks sixth win in its past eight games.

Martin credits Couisnard's rise as point guard and team leader as the major reason why they're in the top half of the Southeastern Conference race.

“Jermaine's become our mouthpiece and the mouthpiece has to accept coaching more than anybody," Martin said. “The mouthpiece has to not just compliment and encourage, but confront. And he's willing to do both."

Couisnard had his seventh game with double-digit points in his last nine. No coincidence the Gamecocks (14-8, 6-4 SEC) are 6-3 in that stretch.

“I just come out to have fun," said Couisnard with a smile.

He also looks to do whatever it takes for South Carolina to succeed.

After the Gamecocks, who were coming off a loss last game out, fell behind 9-0, it was Couisnard and AJ Lawson who rallied them to a decisive 41-14 run to lead by 18 points at the break.

Couisnard missed the SEC opener, an 81-68 loss to Florida last month, with back issues. Sitting out frustrated him and he vowed he would not miss chances to help the Gamecocks.

“I knew how important it was for me to be out there," he said.

Lawson finished with 18 points. He and Couisnard combined for six of South Carolina's eight 3-pointers in their fourth straight win over the Aggies (11-11, 5-5).

Couisnard and Lawson led the first-half surge with their outside shooting. Lawson hit a 3-pointer after South Carolina had fallen behind 9-0 the first three minutes.

Couisnard, a freshman, put the Gamecocks up for good, 19-18, with nine minutes left in the opening half.

He capped the half with a long, buzzer-beating 3-pointer that got the crowd to its feet and put South Carolina ahead by 18 points at the break.

The Gamecocks built the lead to 61-30 early in the second half, although the Aggies never got closer than the final score the rest of the way.

Texas A&M missed 10 of its last 11 shots of the half to fall into the large hole it could not climb out of.

Quenton Jackson had 16 points to lead the Aggies.

Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams hoped his team would build off its fast start. Instead, the Aggies were “bullied” by South Carolina's defense.

“At least we stopped the avalanche of the physicality of how they were handling us," he said.

THE BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M: The Aggies don't have enough reliable scorers when things get tough in SEC play. They were outscored 24-5 over the final 8:38 of the opening half as Texas A&M went from a point ahead to 18-points down by halftime. The Aggies finished shooting 27.3%, their worst showing in the SEC this season.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks looked solid in their first game without injured starter Justin Minaya. He was averaging nearly nine points and seven rebounds, but was the team leader in minutes per game, a testament to his steady, smart play. Minaya had surgery on his left thumb and could return sometime next month.

BUZZER BEATERS

South Carolina's Couisnard has had a couple of noteworthy 3-pointers with time running out. His biggest came last month in a 81-78 win over then No. 10 Kentucky as Couisnard made a long 3 at the buzzer. He did the same thing to end the half against the Aggies to stretch South Carolina's lead. Couisnard said he was simply attempting to get off a shot, not make one, “I promise you," he said.

LINE IMPROVEMENT

South Carolina has upped its efficiency at the foul line, hitting past 70% the past two games after barely cracking .500 the two contests before that. The reason is simple, Martin said. “I'm a better coach," he joked.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M returns home to play Florida on Wednesday night.

South Carolina goes to Georgia on Wednesday night.

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Leaders

Texas A&M PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Aku 0 0 0 5 1 3
M. French 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Nelson 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Henry 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

TexAM SCar
Points For 54 74
Field Goals 15/55-27% 23/59-39%
Three Pointers 7/27-26% 8/23-35%
Free Throws 17/23-74% 20/27-74%
Offensive Rebounds 11 11
Defensive Rebounds 27 30
Rebounds 41 50
Blocks 6 8
Steals 7 13
Turnovers 20 14
Personal Fouls 20 23
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - SCar Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 18 SCar 81 @ TexAM 67 A. Frink 2 J. Chandler 3
Sat Feb 8 TexAM 54 @ SCar 74 E. Miller 1 W. Leveque 2

Game Information

Stadium: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 13,388
Game Time: