COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Devan Downey scored 12 of his 18 points in
the second half and South Carolina broke a five-game losing streak
to Vanderbilt, 86-76, on Wednesday night.
The Gamecocks (15-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) saw a 13-point
lead disappear with 11 minutes left. Then Downey, who had just six
points at that stage, got going.
He had two foul shots to put South Carolina ahead for good,
50-49, then followed with a spinning basket in the lane to keep
momentum. By the time Downey drove past Jermaine Beal for a layup,
the Gamecocks were ahead 70-56 with 4:51 left.
Vanderbilt (12-8, 1-5) lost its fourth in a row and fifth in the
past six games.
South Carolina's latest win surpassed its victory total of the
past two seasons.
Jeffrey Taylor had 23 points to lead Vanderbilt. However, he was
among three Commodores who fouled out.