February 18, 2002
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jamel Bradley scored 14 points Saturday and South Carolina dominated from start to finish with a 66-43 victory over Vanderbilt.
The Gamecocks (15-10, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) avenged an earlier loss to Vanderbilt with a stifling defensive effort. South Carolina’s league-leading defense held the Commodores (14-11, 4-8) to 26 percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers.
The 43 points were the fewest points for Vandy since 1998, and it was the Commodores’ worst loss in six years.
Bradley nailed four 3-pointers to pace the Gamecocks’ attack. Carlos Howell had 11 points and Chuck Eidson added 10.
South Carolina went on a 20-2 run over a 10-minute stretch in the first half to take control of the game. The Gamecocks led 38-20 at halftime and maintained that lead throughout the second half with the margin topping out at 28.
Senior Chuck Moore led Vanderbilt with 13 points, 9 of which came in the first half. Leading scorer Matt Freije was held to just 8 and Brendon Plavich, the SEC’s top 3-point shooter, was 0-6 from 3-point range and scored just two points.