ATLANTA — Auburn's scouting report said South Carolina freshman guard Duane Notice does most of his scoring by driving to the basket.
Notice showed he also has an outside game.
Notice led South Carolina's hot 3-point shooting with a career-high 23 points, and the Gamecocks beat Auburn 74-56 Wednesday night in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
South Carolina set a season high by making 11 of 15 3-pointers, including four by Notice, who said he carried a good practice into the game.
"I was just feeling good at the shootaround, trying to get in some extra shots," Notice said.
Brenton Williams had 16 points with four 3s.
South Carolina (13-19), the No. 13 seed, plays fifth-seeded Arkansas today after winning its first SEC tournament game since 2008.
Chris Denson led Auburn (14-16) with 14 points. The Tigers closed the season by losing seven of 10. Fourth-year coach Tony Barbee was fired shortly after the game.
Denson, second in the league with 19.2 points per game, was held to two in the first half and made only 3 of 6 shots overall as he consistently found the lane clogged when he tried to drive.
"They know I'm a driver, and they were collapsing the lane," Denson said.
MISS. ST. 82, VANDY 68: Craig Sword scored 20, and the 14th-seeded Bulldogs ended a 13-game losing streak. Roquez Johnson had 18 points for Mississippi State (14-18), which plays No. 6 seed Mississippi today. The 11th-seeded Commodores (15-16) closed with five straight losses.