Alabama kicked South Carolina while it was down, running away with a 68-58 win. South Carolina (12-13, 2-10 SEC) lost its sixth game in-a-row while Alabama (17-8, 9-3 SEC) won the first of a two-game homestand.
Alabama held its second-largest halftime lead of the season at 35-24, led by Trevor Lacey’s 10 first half points on 4-7 shooting. The Crimson Tide took a 13-point lead with 12:37 left in the first half on a 12-0 run in which the Gamecocks were held to 0-5 shooting and committed three turnovers. Another 14-1 run in 3:51 left Alabama with a 23-point lead and 5:55 remaining until halftime.
The last 3:30 of the first half saw the Gamecocks put together a 11-0 run, seven points from Bruce Ellington, to cut the deficit to 11. Ellington ended the half with a game-high 11 points and ended the game with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Nick Jacobs tallied all 10 of his points in the second half, also adding two rebounds, both offensive, in the second half to end the game with four.
Alabama’s next game will be in Coleman Coliseum against Mississippi State (7-16, 2-9 SEC) on Wednesday. Alabama won the last meeting between the two 75-43 in Starkville.
Levi Randolph led the Tide with 18 points and Nick Jacobs contributed a double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lacey and Trevor Releford also scored in double-digits. Mississippi State’s only double-digit scorer was Fred Thomas off-the-bench. The Tide won the second half 45-21 by shooting 67.9 percent from the floor.