Alabama was able to contain Carolina’s big two scorers, but still fell to the 15th-ranked Gamecocks 74-63.
The Gamecocks held a 38-29 lead at the half, and built it to as many as 16 in the second half. Alabama made a big run to cut the lead to six at the 2:54 mark. However, at that point the Tide hit a scoring drought, adding only three points the rest of the way. USC opened the lead back up and held on for the win, mainly behind solid free throw shooting.
BJ McKie and Melvin Watson were held in check, but another duo, Herbert Lee Davis and Ryan Stack picked up the slack. Davis and Stack combined for 31 points, 23 in the second half, to trigger the USC attack. Also, Carolina got a season-high 11 points from William Gallman for good measure.