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February 11, 2012

Arkansas beats USC



PER USC

At Fayetteville, Ark., South Carolina repeated what cost it a game at Tennessee, and repeated the result of the four previous games.

The Gamecocks allowed an 11-0 Arkansas run to break a 27-27 tie with four minutes to play in the first half on Saturday, leading the way to a 76-65 Razorback trampling. The Hogs (17-8, 5-5 SEC) stayed undefeated at home and sent USC to its fifth straight loss. The Gamecocks (9-15, 1-9) have dropped nine of 10 and are still winless on the road in the SEC while holding firm possession of last place in the SEC.

As in the loss to the Volunteers, USC came back after being down by a large deficit. The Gamecocks got within seven with 2:38 to go after posting a 16-0 run, but Arkansas scored the next four points around three missed USC 3-pointers to push the Razorbacks comfortably in front.

The Gamecocks had to foul to stop the clock after using all of their timeouts with 10 minutes to play. Arkansas made more than enough to clinch it. USC clinched a losing SEC season for the third straight season and will have the 14th losing league season in the program's 21 years in the SEC.

Damontre Harris had 12 points to lead the team while Malik Cooke had 11. Bruce Ellington, after picking up two fouls in the first four minutes of the game, finished with nine and Brenton Williams had eight.

Arkansas shot 51.7 percent from the field and crushed USC 40-26 in the paint. Arkansas' Brandon Mitchell scored his first basket of the year and stuck around for eight total points, while walk-on Kikko Haydar hit a 3-pointer for his first points since Nov. 30.

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