Columbia, S.C. – The University of Arkansas could not hold onto an early 12-point lead eventually losing by 21 to South Carolina on Saturday 75-54.
The Gamecocks were led by junior guards Brian Richardson, off the bench, and Bruce Ellington, 20 and 14 points respectively. Senior forward Lakeem Jackson added 11 points for USC.
The Hogs were outrebounded by the Gamecocks 36-26 but did a solid job taking care of the ball only committing nine turnovers to USC’s 19.
Arkansas allowed South Carolina to go on a 40-11 run, a run that neither their defense nor offense could slow from a team not known as an offensive powerhouse.
A glaring problem for Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson is his team’s reliance on the three-point shot, something the team does not do well at all yet continues to do game after game. On Saturday the Hogs connected on two three-point shots but attempted 16 (.125 average). For the game Arkansas missed 40 shots from the floor while only gathering 12 offensive rebounds.
Arkansas’ problems on the road have been well documented and covered as a primary reason the Razorbacks have not made the NCAA tournament consistently. Over the last two seasons the Hogs are 1-10 as the road team with Mike Anderson at the helm for the Hogs. The ability to win on the road predates Anderson as the Hogs have not won in Columbia since 2001.
Junior forward Marshawn Powell had another standout game for the Hogs scoring a game-high 22 points, grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds, and blocking a game-high three shots.
The shooting woes continued for Arkansas’ leading score B.J. Young. Young was held to seven points on 3 of 12 shooting from the floor.
The 20 point win for first-year head coach Frank Martin had to be satisfying as the Gamecocks had not beaten an SEC opponent by more than 20 since the 2006 season (Mississippi State).
The win moved South Carolina to 12-7, 2-4 on the year and dropped the Hogs to 12-7, 3-3.