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SEC Tournament Run May Be Last Chance for Gamecocks

Devan Downey penetrates to the rim for a lay up. Devan Downey penetrates to the rim for a lay up.
Sam Muldrow's inside game will give South Carolina more points in the paint. Sam Muldrow's inside game will give South Carolina more points in the paint.

By: Hope Todd

Posted 2:05 PM March 16, 2010

The Gamecocks (14-15, 5-10 SEC) dropped their final home game of the regular season on Senior Night against the University of Alabama (15-14, 5-10 SEC) by a score of 79-70.

South Carolina started off with a lot of energy going on an 11-0 run within the first four minutes of the game. Senior Guard Devan Downey scored 5 of the 11 points.

South Carolina Head Coach Darren Horn says the team's energy was high at the beginning of the game:

"No question energy was there from the get go. We just didn't make the free throws down the stretch that we needed to."

That's been the downfall for the Gamecocks this season, especially during SEC play.

Downey, the SEC's leading scorer, averaged 22.5 points per game this season, but has been held to 15 or fewer points in two of the last six games and had only 18 points against the University of Georgia (13-15, 5-10 SEC).

During the SEC Tournament, the Gamecock's press defense will need to make and convert turnovers, says Horn.

Downey racked up 81 steals this season, and junior Forward Sam Muldrow rejected 90 shots.

Standing between South Carolina and the SEC Championship are the explosive offensives of the Kentucky Wildcats (28-2, 13-2 SEC) and the Vanderbilt Commodores (23-6, 12-3 SEC).

South Carolina ends the regular season Saturday against Vanderbilt and will begin tournament play March 11.

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