The Oklahoma State Cowboys re-established themselves as a top-10 team, closing out South Carolina early, 79-52. South Carolina scored just five points in the first 12 minutes of the game, one of the more embarrassing efforts in college basketball this season.
South Carolina turned the ball over 24 times in the game, opening up an assault from Oklahoma State's potent offense. Naismith Award candidate Marcus Smart finished with 13 points and five assists to lead a balanced attack. Le'Bryan Nash was the hot shooter, hitting five of his seven shots to collect 16 points. All five Oklahoma State starters scored in double figures.
What little offense the Gamecocks could muster they got from guards Jaylen Shaw and Tyrone Johnson, who led South Carolina with 13 and 12 points, respectively. In a laughable effort, forward Michael Carrera missed all four of his field goal attempts and turned the ball over a whopping six times. His effort was indicative of the talent gap between the two schools, as the Gamecocks were only able to force seven OSU turnovers.