ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia attacked with its 3-point shooting in the first half and then scored inside in the final 20 minutes while beating South Carolina 80-56 Wednesday night to end a four-game losing streak.
Georgia, which fell to three Top 25 teams in the four losses, bounced back in its first Southeastern Conference home game. The Bulldogs took a 41-28 advantage in rebounds and held the Gamecocks to 35.1 percent shooting. Georgia's Mike Mercer scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the second half. The Bulldogs (9-5 overall, 1-1 SEC) also had 15 points from Takais Brown and 12 points with eight rebounds from point guard Sundiata Gaines.
South Carolina (10-4, 0-1) was led by Dwayne Day's 14 points on 5-for-15 shooting. Dominique Archie added 10 points. The Gamecocks, who had a six-game winnig streak end with Sunday's loss to Kansas, suffered their second straight loss.