COLUMBIA - South Carolina ended its six-game losing streak Wednesday night, beating Texas A&M 80-52 at Colonial Life Arena.
It was the first SEC victory of the season for the Gamecocks (8-12, 1-6 SEC). The Aggies (12-8, 3-4 SEC) dropped below .500 in conference play.
Like they did two weeks ago in College Station, the Gamecocks raced out to quick lead. Williams capped the first half with a deep 3 to give Carolina a 41-21 edge heading into the break.
The Aggies opened up the second half with a 7-0 run, forcing the Gamecocks to call a timeout. Regardless, the Gamecocks never relinquished the lead.
South Carolina led by as many as 32 points, and four Gamecocks scored in double-figures.
Freshman guard Duane Notice posted a season high 19 points and fellow rookie guard Sindarius Thornwell also posted 19. Senior guard Brenton Williams added 18, and sophomore forward Laimonas Chatkevicius matched his career high with 12 points in the win. The Gamecocks hit 52.2 percent (24-46) in the contest.
South Carolina continues SEC play when it travels to Ole Miss on Saturday for a contest set to tip at 1:47 p.m. on SEC TV.