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Who's up, who's down after USC win

University of South Carolina's Malik Cooke is fouled by  S.C. State University's Brandon Riley, right, as Joe Ikhinmwin helps defend in the first half at the Colonial Life Arena.
University of South Carolina's Malik Cooke is fouled by S.C. State University's Brandon Riley, right, as Joe Ikhinmwin helps defend in the first half at the Colonial Life Arena. caberry@thestate.com

A closer look behind the numbers from South Carolina's 91-56 demolition of S.C. State on Tuesday night:

Firing away:: USC shot a season-high 53.2 percent from the field and won the game by a season-best 35 points.

On the line: Forward Lakeem Jackson, who went 4-for-5 from the line Tuesday, raised his season average to 50 percent. The sophomore shot 27.1 percent last season. Make that a single: A 2-for-11 shooting night ended sixth-man Ramon Galloway’s streak of three straight games in double figures. He scored seven points Tuesday.

Moving forward: Freshman Damontre Harris, who has supplanted junior Malik Cooke in the starting lineup at power forward, reached career highs with nine points and five blocks. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Cooke got three points, six rebounds and two steals while playing about half the minutes of Harris.

On guard: Freshman point guard Eric Smith, among the least-used players this season, was on the court for a career-high 20 minutes. While he did not put up big numbers -- four points and four assists, the 5-foot-11 Mullins native played tough defense, including wrestling the ball away from a Bulldog in a mini tug-of-war. Smith might be earning his way more into the rotation for league play.

Out for a spin: Reserve guard Stephen Spinella, who was the high scorer in the season’s third game, got his first points since playing Delaware State on Dec. 1. The sophomore played in three minutes on Tuesday, his fewest in 26 games. The New Jersey product averaged nearly 17 minutes in the season’s first six games, but has averaged 6.5 minutes since.

Dre’s day: Senior forward Johndre Jefferson’s three minutes against S.C. State was his fewest since arriving to Columbia as a junior college transfer last season. The big man played 39 minutes in last month’s losses to Ohio State and Furman but has seen 21 minutes on the court in the following three games.

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