Arkansas players Au'Diese Toney, left, and JD Notae try to get the ball from South Carolina guard Erik Stevenson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Arkansas extends win streak behind Williams’ career night

Head coach Eric Musselman’s “Muss Bus” continues to roll as Arkansas (13-5, 3-3 SEC) downed South Carolina (10-7, 1-4 SEC) on Tuesday night behind a strong second half. Four Razorbacks scored in double figures including Jaylin Williams, who had a career-high 19 points.

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Strong second half for the Arkansas

The Gamecocks started off with an early lead and found themselves up 40-33 at the end of the first half. From there, the “Muss Bus” started, and the Razorback’s began their domination.

Arkansas outscored South Carolina 42-19 in the second half including an 18-3 run to start. Despite shooting 0% (0 for 11) from behind the arc the entire game, the Razorbacks shot just over 40% from the field and made 27 out of 33 (81.8%) free throws.

Individually, Williams led the way for Arkansas with his career-high 19 points. He went 5-11 from the field and made nine of his 10 free throws.

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Additionally, JD Notae added 17 points by going 5-12 shooting and 7-8 from the free-throw line.

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Two more Razorbacks scored in double figures with Au’Diese Toney scoring 13 points and Stanley Umude adding 12 points of his own.

Overall, the Razorbacks have now won their last three games after starting conference play 0-3 and move to 13-5 on the season.

Gamecocks struggle

On the other side, South Carolina struggled mightily in the second half after a strong first half. The Gamecocks missed their first 11 shots to start the half and went on the shoot 33.9% from the field in the game. Additionally, the South Carolina shot just 30.4% from behind the arc.

Devin Carter led all scorers in the game with 2o points in his first career start. He was one of two Gamecocks to score in double figures with James Reese V adding 10 points.

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Opposite of Arkansas, South Carolina has now lost their last three games including a 71-63 loss to Florida on Jan. 15.

Upcoming schedule

South Carolina looks to get back on track against Georgia on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. with television coverage on the SEC Network.

Arkansas looks to continue their win-streak as they take on Texas A&M on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8:30 p.m. Television coverage can also be found on the SEC Network.

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