COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina had five players in double figures Saturday and came away with a 90-64 win over Vanderbilt at Colonial Life Arena.
The Gamecocks made six of seven shots midway through the opening period to stretch a one-point lead into a 31-19 margin with less than seven minutes to the break.
Freshman Jalyn McCreary had three baskets during the burst to extend his perfect touch to seven straight over South Carolina’s last four games. McCreary, who finished with 11 points, missed his first attempt of the second half to end the streak.
But the Gamecocks couldn’t stop sending Vanderbilt to the free-throw line. South Carolina committed 18 fouls as the Commodores went 15 of 23 from the line the first 20 minutes. Vanderbilt shot just 12 free throws in the second half.
The Gamecocks built a 24-point lead in the second half as Vanderbilt could not keep up.
AJ Lawson also had 14 points for South Carolina.
Saben Lee led three players in double figures for the Commodores with 17 points. Scotty Pippen Jr. chipped in 11 points and Jordan Wright added 10 points.
Vanderbilt remains on the road with the Commodores heading to Kentucky for a Wednesday night tip-off. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. CT.