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Feb. 21, 2009

Recap | Final Stats | Quotes

• Saturday’s game marks the second overtime game of the season for the Gamecocks. South Carolina lost an 82-80 decision at the College of Charleston on Nov. 28.

• The game is the first overtime game at Colonial Life Arena since a 61-56 loss to Mississippi State on Feb. 21, 2007. The last Gamecock overtime victory came against the University of Southern California on Nov. 16, 2006 (80-74).

• South Carolina assured itself of a .500 SEC season by collecting their eighth SEC victory. The eight wins are the first time Carolina earned eight conference victories since the 2003-04 season. South Carolina moves into a tie with Kentucky and Florida for first place in the SEC East with 8-4 records.

• The Gamecocks shot 20-for-26 (.769) from the free throw line, the second best percentage of the season.

• With Devan Downey, Zam Frederick, Mike Holmes and Evka Baniulis scoring double figures, it marks the fifth consecutive game that South Carolina has had four players score double-digits.

• Evka Baniulis matched his season high with four three-pointers, a feat he accomplished twice already this season.

• Mike Holmes tied his season high with three steals after also collecting three thefts against Clemson and Florida.

• The win is South Carolina’s seventh straight home win, the first time Carolina has won seven straight at home since 2002-03.

• South Carolina collected 29 rebounds in the contest, the lowest total for the team this season. With Arkansas collecting 46 rebounds, the -17 differential is the largest rebounding deficit of the season for South Carolina.

• The Gamecocks tied a season high with eight blocked shots. The last occurrence was the eight blocked shots against Jacksonville Stat