Even accounting for USC's late fouls to put Georgia at the line, the foul differential was lopsided.
Georgia was called for seven fouls Saturday while USC had 19. The Bulldogs iced the game at the line, going 20-for-23. The Gamecocks were 4-of-6.
USC coach Darrin Horn brought up the foul differential several times but avoided any reference to the officiating.
"We were late a few times (defending shots). A couple times instead of staying straight and making them finish over top we didn't do that, we reached and gambled and fouled them," Horn said. "We wanted to keep them off the line, and that's one of the reasons we played zone probably 60 percent of the game. So for them to still get 23 free throws is still a little bit disconcerting."
Guard Devan Downey moved to fourth on USC's career scoring list, but his attention was elsewhere.
"You're the first person that told me," Downey said. "I would be more excited if we had won this game."
The 18-point effort was his lowest output in SEC play, and Saturday was the second time this year he didn't record a steal.
But neither Downey nor Horn ascribed the dip in production to his ankle, which he rolled in practice Monday. He has been wearing a protective boot for precautionary reasons.
"I still think he made some of the moves that made him Devan," Horn said. "And he wouldn't give you an excuse for that even if that was the case."
- Seth Emerson