By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press
March 1, 2003
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Carlos Powell set career highs
with 21 points and seven assists as South Carolina beat
Vanderbilt 76-64 Saturday.
Chuck Eidson added 18 points, and Rolando Howell had
13 points as the Gamecocks (12-13, 5-9 Southeastern
Conference) ended a two-game losing streak.
Matt Freije led the Commodores (10-15, 3-11) with 22
points. Brain Thornton had 13 points and nine rebounds
for Vanderbilt, which has lost seven straight.
Vanderbilt started the second half on an 8-0 run to
take 36-30 lead, but the Gamecocks' Chris Warren then
buried two 3-pointers, as South Carolina would score
on seven of its next nine possessions.
Eidson, Howell and Powell, who hit all 11 of his free
throws, would account for the rest of the scoring during
the 22-7 run. By the time Eidson buried his third 3-pointer
of the game, South Carolina led 52-43 with 7:24 to go.
Vanderbilt has been a good cure for the Gamecocks,
who also broke a seven-game losing streak last month
by beating the Commodores 84-72 in Nashville.
The win keeps South Carolina in the hunt for a NIT
bid with a trip to Alabama and a home game with No.
21 Georgia to close out the year.
Vanderbilt is winless in 10 road games this year with
a trip to No. 2 Kentucky coming up Wednesday. The loss
guarantees the Commodores at least a tie for last place
in the SEC East.
Neither team led by more than four in a back-and-forth
first half. Vanderbilt turned the ball over nine times,
but stayed in the game by outrebounding South Carolina
by nine, including a 5-1 advantage on the offensive
glass in the first 20 minutes.
The Commodores would end the game with a 37-26 advantage
on the boards. It is the first time this season Vanderbilt
has outrebounded an opponent and lost.