Lawson scores 20, Gamecocks start fast, defeat Georgia, 75-59

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AJ Lawson scored 20 points to help South Carolina defeat Georgia on Wednesday night, 75-59.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) —AJ Lawson scored 20 points and South Carolina held Georgia to one field goal for the first 14 minutes to earn a runaway 75-59 win over the struggling Bulldogs on Wednesday night.

South Carolina (15-9, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) earned its seventh straight win in the series, including its fourth straight in Athens.

The Gamecocks, who have won five of their last six games, had four players score in double figures. Redshirt freshman Jermaine Couisnard had 14 points.

South Carolina led 27-5 before the Bulldogs’ second field goal with less than six minutes remaining in the first half.

Georgia (12-12, 2-9) is 13th among 14 SEC teams and has lost seven of its last eight games, including three straight.

Anthony Edwards, the nation’s top-scoring freshman with his average of 19.7 points per game, led Georgia with 16 points despite missing each of his seven 3-pointers. Edwards wasn’t the only Georgia player to struggle with outside shots. Georgia made only 3 of 24 3s.

One game after the Bulldogs topped 100 points in a 105-102 overtime loss to Alabama, they suffered their lowest scoring first half of the season. South Carolina led 38-20 at halftime, thanks to the Bulldogs’ turnovers and poor shooting.

Rayshaun Hammonds finally gave Georgia its first field goal with 12:50 remaining in the half. The Bulldogs then suffered another seven-minute field-goal drought before Tye Fagan’s basket with 5:40 remaining in the half.

South Carolina stretched its lead to 23 points, 49-26, on a three-point play by Couisnard early in the second half.

Georgia finally built some offensive momentum midway through the half. Donnell Gresham’s four-point play cut the Gamecocks’ lead to 55-41. Couisnard answered with a quick 3-pointer and South Carolina pushed the lead back over 20 points.

Courtesy – South Carolina Athletics

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