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South Carolina defeated by Ole Miss, suffers third straight loss

In a highly competitive men’s basketball matchup against two SEC foes, the Gamecocks were looking to end their 2-game losing streak against Ole Miss on Saturday, but missed opportunities and turnovers caused South Carolina to lose.

The South Carolina Gamecocks were defeated in a close battle by the Ole Miss Rebels 81-74.

Jermaine Couisnard suffered an injury in the 1sthalf of the game and did not return. Frank Martin said that does not know the exact problem, but it is minor swelling on his foot. Justin Minaya also suffered a head injury in the 2ndhalf and did not return.

The Rebels were led by senior guard and Irmo native Devontae Shuler as he scored a career-high 31 points, to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists in his return to Columbia.

USC’s Frank Martin expressed his frustration with his team’s defensive efforts saying, ‘We can’t stop the team’s best player and that has been a struggle for us all year.”

The Gamecocks were held to just 40.4% shooting and had a team combined 19 turnovers.

Frustrated with the performance of the past couple of games Keyshawn Bryant said, “We’re not playing like a ‘Frank Martin’ team.”

Despite the miscommunication and turnovers, South Carolina was able to score 21 fastbreak points and able to come away with 14 steals and 3 blocks by Leveque.

“We’re right there, we just gotta find more trust within the team and become more discipline,” said Martin.

AJ Lawson led the Gamecocks with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Wildens Leveque continues to improve his offensive performance, scoring 13 points on 6-7 shooting and Trae Hannibal added 12 points off the bench.

The Gamecocks will look to end their 3-game skid as they travel to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers on Tuesday February 16that 8:30 PM on the SEC Network.

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