USC's red-hot shooting buried Tennessee early, jumping to a 26-6 lead, in route to an 85-64 SEC victory.
A record crowd of 17,806 was on hand for this one at the Colonial Center. The Gamecocks responded to the excitement of the big crowd by shooting an amazing 63.6 percent in the game.
Junior guard Josh Gonner scored a season-high 24 points for Carolina, while the SEC’s leading scorer Scooter McFadgon was held to a season-low 7 points for UT.
The Gamecocks improved their record to an impressive 16-2, their best start since the ’69-’70 season.