South Carolina MBB never trails, earns impressive SEC road win over Arkansas

South Carolina men’s basketball can say this: The team hasn’t experienced a losing streak this season.

After falling at home Tuesday against Georgia, USC traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks, a team USC has struggled against in previous season.

There was no struggle this time around, and the Gamecocks dominated in every category to take another SEC road win 77-64 on Saturday. USC heads back to Columbia now 15-3 overall and 3-2 in SEC play.

BJ Mack leads the Gamecocks

After two games where BJ Mack struggled to get much to fall, the Wofford College transfer exploded against the Razorbacks.

Mack finished the game with 16 points and 9 rebounds, just shy of the first USC . He finished 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-4 from the arc.

Mack helped get USC on its feet in the opening minutes, scoring his first points less than two minutes into a game the Gamecocks never trailed in. He’s bolstered a large portion of South Carolina’s offense this season, making himself a consistent player to watch alongside Meechie Johnson.

Zach Davis stepping into a starting role

With starting forward Myles Stute out for the next two weeks, Paris called on sophomore Zach Davis to fill in for the junior. It was Davis’ first start of this season and third of his career.

Davis finished the game with eight points, four rebounds, three personal fouls and one turnover in 17 minutes.

He didn’t shoot the three ball against Arkansas much, going 0-for-1, but considering the team shooting 50%, it didn’t prove to become an issue.

Davis did his job. The sophomore’s ability to defend, particularly in the paint, was a big asset to USC’s ability to limit Arkansas from scoring down low. He was aggressive, he blended well with the four other starters.

Bounced back

After failing to make most free throws against Georgia, South Carolina picked itself up and bounced back with its second-best win at Arkansas in program history.

Arkansas has won the last seven of 10 matchups against USC, including winning in Columbia last year. The Razorbacks were 12-5 inside their dome before Saturday afternoon, but the Gamecocks won the rebound battle, the turnover battle, were shooting from the three.

Think of a category, South Carolina had Arkansas’ number.

Next four games

  • Tuesday vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)

  • Jan. 27 vs. Missouri, 1 p.m. (SEC Network)

  • Jan. 30 vs. Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

  • Feb. 3 at Georgia, 1 p.m. (SEC Network)