South Carolina's tough stretch to open the SEC continues as the Vanderbilt Commodores defeat the Gamecocks 67-57.

Bruce Ellington led the Gamecocks with 20 points on the night while Damontre Harris had his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The score may indicate that this game was closer than it appears but that was not the case for South Carolina as they were outplayed and outshot by the Commodores, especially from three-point range. Vanderbilt finished the night with 13 three-pointers including four from John Jenkins who had 14 points.

South Carolina was losing at halftime by a score of 22-12 but Vanderbilt opened things up right away in the second half to increase their lead to 24 points in the final minutes before a 14-0 USC run that cut the score to a final of 67-57. USC shot 5-of-28 from the field in the first half. Things just never got any better in the second half.

The loss puts USC at 0-2 in SEC play and an 8-8 record on the year. The next game doesn't get any easier for USC as they play the Top 25 ranked Florida Gators at home on Saturday night.

If USC doesn't figure out something soon then more struggles could be ahead for the Gamecock basketball program.