USC misses Muldrow's contributions

February 21, 2010 

USC's Sam Muldrow tries to block Tennessee's Brian Williams during the first half of play.

TRACY GLANTZ/TGLANTZ@THESTATE.COM

Is Sam Muldrow as important to South Carolina as Devan Downey? Coach Darrin Horn thinks the past few games have showed that is the case.

Muldrow played much of Saturday in foul trouble, and finished with six points and six rebounds. He was also in foul trouble in last week's loss at Georgia.

"Worse-case scenario we can get somebody else to bring the ball up," Horn said, referring to Downey. "We had nobody else who could do what Sam Muldrow does for us."

Downey's slippage

Downey had an SEC-low 15 points. He is averaging 22.2 points over his past five games, after averaging 31.7 in the seven prior league games.

He started Saturday's game 1-for-10 from the field.

"(We) made most of the shots he took tough," Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said.

Take out the crowd

There were a decent amount of Volunteer fans at the Colonial Life Arena, while some Gamecock fans may have stayed away due to the weather and the baseball game.

As for the ones that were there, Pearl thought it was important to keep them out of it.

"We got 30 defensive rebounds. That was a real key for us, that we were able to make them not get a lot of energy plays, and get the crowd into it," Pearl said.

- Seth Emerson

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