Lawson scores 30, leads South Carolina over Texas A&M 78-54


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — AJ Lawson scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the second half as South Carolina pulled away and beat Texas A&M 78-54 in the Gamecocks’ Southeastern Conference opener. South Carolina (3-2, 1-0), which had a 28-day layoff before an eight-point win over Florida A&M on Saturday, made 10 baskets from beyond the arc and shot 42% (29 of 69) overall. Jermaine Couisnard made a career-best five 3s and finished with 15 points and four assists for South Carolina. Wildens Leveque added 10 points. Emanuel Miller scored 17 of his career-best 28 points in the first half for Texas A&M (6-3, 1-2). Quenton Jackson added 13 points.