Couisnard scores 20-plus again, South Carolina tops Bulldogs
The Gamecocks won their fourth consecutive game on Wednesday night
COLUMBIA (AP) – Jermaine Couisnard scored 22 points, Keyshawn Bryant added 14 and South Carolina beat Mississippi State 66-56 on Wednesday night for its fourth win in a row.
Couisnard, who was coming off a career-high 33-point performance in a 77-75 win over LSU on Saturday, has scored 20-plus in back-to-back game for the first time in his career. Couisnard, a junior, was 6 of 15 from the field against Mississippi State and he made all eight of his free throws.
South Carolina never trailed and led by double figures the entire second half. Mississippi State pulled within 10 points with 14:24 left after a 7-0 run, but South Carolina scored 11 of the next 13 – with seven points from Couisnard.
James Reese V had nine points for South Carolina (17-10, 8-7 SEC), which has a winning record in conference play for the first time this season.
Tolu Smith scored 21 points and Iverson Molinar added 11 for Mississippi State (16-12, 7-8), which missed all 14 3-point attempts.
Mississippi State was held to 31% shooting in the first half, going 0 of 7 from 3-point range, and trailed 35-23 after Devin Carter dunked it at the buzzer for South Carolina. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 24-13 in the half.
South Carolina plays at No. 24 Alabama on Saturday. Mississippi State hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday.
> The Gamecocks’ perimeter defense stifled the Bulldogs. Mississippi State failed to make a 3-point shot in 14 attempts from deep.
> Carolina outrebounded the Bulldogs 38-29, including a six-rebound advantage on the defensive glass.
> The Gamecocks never trailed Wednesday night, leading for nearly 39 minutes of game time.
> It’s the first time Carolina has won four consecutive SEC games since 2018-19 when it started 4-0 in conference play.
> Jermaine Couisnard scored 22 points, marking the first time he has scored 20 or more in consecutive games in his career.
> Couisnard has averaged 27.5 points per game over the last two games. He is also 18-for-33 (54.5 percent) from the field over the past two outings.
> Keyshawn Bryant added 14 points for the Gamecocks. He has now scored 10 or more in four of the last five games for Carolina.
> The Gamecocks are 7-1 this season when Keyshawn scores in double figures. The only loss came at the hands of Kentcuky.
> Brandon Martin led the team in rebounds with seven. It was his season-high in boards in SEC play.
> Ta’Quan Woodley scored six points and added four rebounds. He also blocked a career-high three shots.
> South Carolina travels west to face No. 24/25 Alabama (17-10, 7-7 SEC) in another pivotal SEC clash with a team even in the standings. The Crimson Tide are 12-2 at home this season. Mike Morgan (pxp) and Joe Kleine (analyst) will be on the call for 6 p.m. (ET) tip on the SEC Network.