A look behind the numbers of USC’s 81-74 overtime win over Arkansas on Wednesday as the Gamecocks took the lead in the SEC East. Look for more analysis in The State and GoGamecocks.com tomorrow:
Getting another chance: A key stat behind a 2-0 league start at home: USC has scored 18 more second-chance points and grabbed 16 more offensive rebounds tan opponents in those games. The Gamecocks took over the lead among SEC teams in offensive rebounds per game (14.7) after grabbing 19 on Wednesday.
In their 20s: Ramon Galloway’s 21 points and Sam Muldrow’s 20 points were the first time USC had two players above 20 points in a game since the double-overtime win at Western Kentucky just after Thanksgiving
Big shot: Muldrow’s two 3-pointers – including one in overtime that iced the game – gave him six against the Razorbacks over the past two seasons. The 6-foot-9 forward has made a trey in four of his last five games. The senior is one 3-pointer away from tying his mark from last season, 14.
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Twisting turnovers: As predicted, USC posted an above season-average 16 turnovers against an Arkansas team leading the conference in forcing turnovers. South Carolina was averaging 15 turnovers a game before beating the Razorbacks. The Gamecocks’ turnovers have see-sawed during the past seven games – 19, 7, 16, 9, 20, 8, 16. A potential plus: Kentucky, South Carolina’s next opponent, ranks near the bottom of the SEC in forcing turnovers.
Crossing the line: The Gamecocks have yet to get to a line more than an opponent in an SEC game this season. Conference foes have reached the line 25 more times than USC. But that’s not mattered too much since South Carolina and their opponents both are shooting at the same clip -- 65 percent.
Fast fouls: Starting forward Damontre Harris played a season-low five minutes after picking up three fouls in a little more than two minutes during the beginning of the halves. This comes after the freshman’s best performance of the season, dominating Florida’s big men in the first half of USC’s upset of the Gators.
Big side of slaw: Freshman R.J. Slawson got his most playing time in two months (12 minutes) versus Arkansas and scored his first 3-pointer since the season opener. Slawson looked more confident coming off the bench than he had in awhile. Funny thing: When Slawson scored his bomb in the first half, the 6-foot-8 Charleston native was the only forward on the court.
More bullets: USC fired 18 more shots than Arkansas – a season high over an opponent. The Gamecocks have outshot 13 of 17 opponents this season, including all four SEC foes.
Treys away: South Carolina has made more 3-pointers than 14 opponents this season, including all teams in SEC play.
Starting slow: Starting shooting guard Brian Richardson, who went missed all of his three shot attempts in a foul-marred night, is 2-for-12 shooting in four SEC games and 2-for-8 from 3-point range. The freshman’s 11 minutes were his second-lowest of the season. He’s averaging 13.7 minutes a game in SEC play, down from 24.7 in nonconference action. Horn has said he’s asked Richardson to be more aggressive but that seems to come at a price. The 6-foot-4 Wilson, N.C., native has collected 25 percent of his season foul total over four SEC games.
Block party: USC is averaging nine blocks in league games after swatting another eight against Arkansas.
No paint needed: South Carolina has been outscored in the paint by 24 points in its last two wins, but the Gamecocks have compensated from the lines -- 3-point and foul.
Out for a spin: Guard Stephen Spinella recorded his first minutes of the SEC season against Arkansas at the end the first half. He did not take a shot or record any stats in his two minutes spelling Ramon Galloway.