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Carolina falls to Missouri 93-78

AJ Lawson led the Gamecocks with a game-high 22 points.
Credit: AP

Dru Smith scored 17 and Mark Smith 13 as No. 20 Missouri snapped a three-game losing streak with a 93-78 victory over struggling South Carolina on Saturday.

The Tigers (14-6, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) opened up a 19-point lead in the first half and stayed comfortably in front the rest of the way to sweep the Gamecocks (5-11, 3-9), who lost their fifth consecutive game. 

Missouri finished with five players in double figures. Jeremiah Tilmon had 17 points, Xavier Pinson had 16 points and Kobe Brown 12, all in the opening half.

AJ Lawson had a game-high 22 points to lead South Carolina.

South Carolina will be on the road for a pair of SEC matchups next week, beginning with a Wednesday night contest at Mississippi State (11-11, 5-8 SEC). Tip time at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. ET.