Tilmon leads efficient No. 19 Missouri past South Carolina

Tilmon leads efficient No. 19 Missouri past South Carolina
Missouri's Dru Smith, left, works against South Carolina's Justin Minaya (10) for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) (Source: L.G. Patterson)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Jeremiah Tilmon had 19 points and 10 rebounds in another efficient performance, and No. 19 Missouri beat South Carolina 81-70 on Tuesday night.

Tilmon, who came in shooting a Southeastern Conference-leading 74% from the floor, improved on that mark by going 8 of 11. Missouri (9-2, 3-2 SEC) had its best shooting performance overall at 58.3%.

Mark Smith scored 18 points and went 3 for 5 from 3-point range for the Tigers. Dru Smith added 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Reserve Keyshawn Bryant scored 19 points for South Carolina (3-4, 1-2) and Trey Anderson had 17, also off the bench, as 45 of the Gamecocks’ points came from substitutes.

Missouri jumped out to a 10-0 lead and didn’t allow South Carolina to get closer than five points the rest of the way.

The Tigers committed 19 turnovers, but the Gamecocks only scored 18 points off them. South Carolina tied its season high with 70 field goal attempts, but shot 38.6% from the field. The Gamecocks also struggled from the free-throw line, going 8 for 19 (42.1%).

KEY STAT

> Missouri shot nearly 60 percent from the field (28-for-48).

NOTABLES

> Junior Keyshawn Bryant had another solid offensive performance coming off a career night at LSU on Saturday. He led the team with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

> Sophomore Trey Anderson scored a career-high 17 points off the bench, marking his first ever game at South Carolina in double figures.

> Redshirt junior Justin Minaya had his third double-double (fifth career) in the team’s last four games as he finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

UP NEXT

The Gamecocks return home to face Auburn (8-6, 2-4 SEC) on Saturday. It’s a noon ET tip on ESPN2.

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