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South Carolina Falls to Auburn, 109-86 01/23/2021

South Carolina Falls to Auburn, 109-86
1/23/2021 | Men's Basketball | Box Score FROM USC SPORTS | GCF STAFF

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Allen Flanigan scored a career-high 24 points with four 3-pointers, Sharife Cooper had a double-double by halftime and Auburn resoundingly thwacked South Carolina 109-86 on Saturday for its first win on the Gamecocks home floor since 2014.

Auburn put up its most points in a Southeastern Conference road win in program history.

Cooper, a freshman who was granted eligibility by the NCAA Jan. 9, scored 16 points and had 12 assists for his second career double-double. He already had 10 points and 11 assists in the books in the first 20 minutes.

Jaylin Williams scored 18 points with seven rebounds, JT Thor added 14 points and seven rebounds and Devan Cambridge scored 10 as the Tigers (9-7, 3-5) made 40 of 77 field goals (52%), including 14 of 27 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Tigers made 15 of 16 free throws to round out the dominating scoring effort.

Cooper's impact was felt in Auburn's breakaway 11-1 run taking a little over two minutes of the first half. Though he took only one shot, and missed, he had four assists and a blocked shot during the run.

The Auburn outburst included back-to-back dunks from Javon Franklin and Williams bracketed around Cooper's block of South Carolina's Trae Hannibal. The dunks pushed Auburn's lead into double digits, 25-14, where it stayed most of the way to halftime and all of the second half.

The Tigers opened the second half with six straight points.

Keyshawn Bryant scored 24 points for South Carolina (3-5, 1-3), with AJ Lawson adding 23 and Jermaine Couisnard 16. Couisnard had six assists. The Gamecocks were outrebounded 46-34, outscored on second-chance points 21-9 and 46-30 in the paint.

Auburn next plays back-to-back games against teams in the Top 25: hosting No. 19 Missouri on Tuesday before traveling to No. 2 Baylor on Jan. 30. South Carolina plays host to Georgia on Wednesday.

> Auburn shot 52 percent from the field (40-for-77) and behind the arc (14-for-27).
> The Tigers were plus-16 in points in the paint (46-30).

> Junior Keyshawn Bryant led South Carolina for the third-straight game with 24 points. Since returning at LSU (Jan. 16), Bryant has averaged 23.0 points per game.
> Junior AJ Lawson scored 23 points after matching a career high with six made 3s.
> Redshirt sophomore Jermaine Couisnard was the final Gamecock in double figures as he finished with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Carolina remains at home and will host Georgia (9-4, 2-4 SEC) on Wednesday, Jan. 27, for a 7 p.m. ET matchup. The contest vs. the Bulldogs will be broadcast on ESPN2. South Carolina has won eight straight meetings against Georgia, dating back to the 2017 season.

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I really like Frank Martin, I have been one of his biggest supports, but is it  time to start looking elsewhere?

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Personally, I do not think so. How many years does he have left on his current contract?

I don't see anyone that I am sure would do a better job than Frank is doing currently for the bball team. If a realistic candidate emerges in the future, my answer may change.

I do want to see the gamecocks field a consistent and good team however.

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I am not sure what the answer is here.   It seems like the players we get take forever to develop and by the time you get the younger ones up to speed, the older ones are moving on and we are starting all over again.   I also cannot understand why our teams do not seem to be able to shoot free throws.  I really like Frank as a person, I am just not sure where the program is heading.  Lawson will be gone after this season I would assume and then we will be looking for someone that can provide a spark all over again.  Maybe Bryant, but he seems streaky.  

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really need someone who can generate regular (every three years or more) tournament appearances.

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