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South Carolina is impressive in SEC opener

After grinding out a win Saturday over FAMU, Carolina explodes for a 78-54 win over Texas A&M.
Credit: jboucher@thestate.com
South Carolina Gamecocks guard AJ Lawson (00) is guarded by multiple Texas A&M players at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - AJ Lawson scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the second half as South Carolina pulled away and beat Texas A&M 78-54 in the Gamecocks’ Southeastern Conference opener. 

South Carolina (3-2, 1-0), which had a 28-day layoff before an eight-point win over Florida A&M on Saturday, made 10 baskets from beyond the arc and shot 42% (29 of 69) overall. Jermaine Couisnard made a career-best five 3s and finished with 15 points and four assists for South Carolina. Wildens Leveque added 10 points. 

Emanuel Miller scored 17 of his career-best 28 points in the first half for Texas A&M (6-3, 1-2). Quenton Jackson added 13 points.