South Carolina Gamecocks, Clemson Tigers both win in blowouts
S. CAROLINA 92, MARSHALL 65
COLUMBIA — Ty Johnson and Brenton Williams each scored 18 points to lead a balanced South Carolina attack in a 92-65 victory over Marshall.
The Gamecocks (6-6) won their third straight and fourth of the past five after opening the season 2-5. Marshall (5-8) lost for the sixth time in the last seven games.
Notice scored 13 points and Demetrius Henry added 12 for the Gamecocks. Shawn Smith led Marshall with a career-high 19 points and Ryan Taylor added 18.
CLEMSON 80, VMI 50
CLEMSON — Jordan Roper tied his career high with 19 points and Clemson's staunch defense shut down one of the country's highest scoring teams in an 80-50 victory over VMI.
Roper's output came on an off night for the Tigers' top scorer in K.J. McDaniels. The junior was not given the start by head coach Brad Brownell and was in foul trouble most of the game. McDaniels finished with 7 points, all in the second half for Clemson (9-3).
VMI (6-6) was third nationally in scoring at 89.5 points per game, but were held to its lowest total of the season by the Clemson defense, which is ranked No. 1 in the country.
NO. 6 OKLA. STATE 92 ROBERT MORRIS 66
STILLWATER, Okla. — Phil Forte scored 20 points and No. 6 Oklahoma State looked sharp after a nine-day break, beating Robert Morris 92-66.
Markel Brown added 18 points for Oklahoma State (12-1) in the Cowboys' final tuneup before opening Big 12 Conference play on Saturday at Kansas State.
NO. 9 BAYLOR 81 ORAL ROBERTS 55
WACO, Texas — Taurean Prince scored 10 of his 16 points in the go-ahead run for No. 9 Baylor as the Bears overcame a slow start to beat Oral Roberts 81-55.
Shawn Glover had 22 points to lead Oral Roberts (6-7), which has lost four of five games. Denell Henderson had 16 points.