Feb 8, 2003
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Chuck Eidson scored 18 points as South Carolina snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 84-72 victory against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
South Carolina (8-11, 2-7 in the Southeastern Conference) used a balanced attack to post a season-high in points.
The Gamecocks had four players in double figures, led by Eidson, who had five assists to go along with his 18 points. Carlos Powell scored 16 points off the bench, Kerbrell Brown scored 15 and Chris Warren had 11.
Brian Thornton led Vanderbilt (10-10, 3-6) with 22 points, while Matt Freije scored 13 and Jason Holwerda had 10.
South Carolina entered the game last in the SEC in scoring offense, but the Gamecocks blitzed Vanderbilt in the first half, scoring a season-high 46 points.
South Carolina shot 59 percent and used a 21-4 run midway through the first half to build a 46-31 halftime lead.
Vanderbilt pulled to 62-50 with 8:40 to play, but South Carolina went on an 8-2 run. The Gamecocks largest lead in the game was 18 points. Vanderbilt was unable to get the lead under 10 until 1:02 to play.
South Carolina had not won since it defeated Ole Miss 55-49 on Jan. 8. It was the first SEC road win of the season for South Carolina.
The Gamecocks have won six of their last seven games at Vanderbilt, including all four games against coach Kevin Stallings. The victory snapped a six-game SEC road losing streak for South Carolina, dating back to last season’s game at Vanderbilt.