Jan. 17, 2004
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tennessee's struggles away from Thompson-Boling Arena continued Saturday as the Vols lost 85-64 at South Carolina.
Coming off an impressive 76-66 win over No. 23 Vanderbilt Wednesday, Tennessee (10-3, 2-2) struggled from the outset against South Carolina (16-2, 3-1).
Josh Gonner led the Gamecocks with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. Mike Boynton and Tarence Kinsey each added 13.
C.J. Watson and Brandon Crump paced Tennessee with 15 points each, while John Winchester tallied 10. Scooter McFadgon, the SEC's leading scorer at 19.1ppg, did not score until the 2:00 minute mark in the first half and finished the game with seven points.
The Vols, who trailed by as many a 23 points in the first half went on a 13-3 run to get within striking distance at 40-27 by halftime.
But South Carolina responded by opening the second half on an 8-2 run and never looked back, holding a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
Poor shooting and turnovers plagued Tennessee in the opening minutes. Tied 2-2, South Carolina went on a 12-0 run in the next five minutes to take a commanding lead.
The Gamecocks lead grew to 20 (26-6) on a jumper by Tarence Kinsey with 9:54 remaining. USC's recorded its largest lead at 37-14 with 3:55 to go before the Vols began to chip away.
The Vols have a 2-0 SEC mark at home this season, connecting on 52 percent of their field goal attempts (53-of-102) and averaging 82.5 points. In two SEC road losses UT is hitting just 41 percent (40-of-97) and averaging 60.5 points.
Tennessee returns home Tuesday to host nationally-ranked Kentucky in an 8 p.m. start at Thompson-Boling Arena.