USC Takes Down Jacksonville State

Ramon Galloway scored 15 points and South Carolina ended a two-game losing streak with a 56-49 victory over Jacksonville State on Wednesday night.

"The game obviously was not pretty, but it was a win. It was a win in a way that we felt like our team needed. I thought we stressed "team" (tonight)," head coach Darrin Horn said. "We felt like the last couple of games we got away from our strength, which is our team. I thought we solved that tonight. I don't know if we played great, but I think we saw some really positive signs with how we moved the basketball, our whole defensive effort ... I really thought we did some good things tonight that we can build on heading into a tough game on Saturday."

South Carolina (8-3) closed the first half on a 12-2 run after Jacksonville State (2-12) used an 11-1 run to tie the game at 22 with just more than 4 minutes remaining. Galloway hit two 3-pointers during the final run and made 4 of 7 3-pointers in the first half to finish with 12 points.

"I thought he did a really good job tonight," Horn said. "He really brought us good stuff and was solid defensively. That's going to be the key. That's why we keep talking about team."

South Carolina opened the second half on a 17-5 run to push the lead to 18 points, the largest of the game.

Jacksonville State pulled within seven with 2:32 remaining, but got no closer and lost its eighth straight.

"I was pleased with our effort," Jacksonville State Head Coach James Green said. "I was pleased with most of our details. We were kicked on the rebounds pretty good, but our guys did a good job of going back to the offensive boards. We had a number of unforced turnovers that you can't afford to have in a game on the road against an opponent like South Carolina. We held them down in the second half."

Jacksonville State played without leading scorer and rebounder Nick Murphy, who was stranded in New York after a snow storm blanketed the Northeast this week.

Stephen Hall scored 13 points to lead Jacksonville State.

South Carolina leading scorer Bruce Ellington was held to seven points, but his 3 with just less than 2 minutes remaining pushed the lead to 10.

Jacksonville State trimmed the lead to seven twice more in the final minute but could get no closer.

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