Sindarius Thornwell had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead South Carolina past cold-shooting and 25th-ranked Michigan, 61-46, on Wednesday night at Columbia, S.C.
The Gamecocks improved to 5-0 for a second straight season and knocked off their first ranked opponent since an 81-78 win at No. 8 Texas A&M last February.
South Carolina got a big assist in this one from Michigan’s awful outside touch — it finished 10 of 52 (19.6%) for its worst shooting percentage in six years.
It was the first time the Wolverines (4-1) hadn’t reached 50 points since scoring 42 in a loss to Eastern Michigan on Dec. 9, 2014.