South Carolina finishes the season with a 10-21 record. Alabama advances to play Florida in the second round. The Crimson Tide are 21-10 after today's win.
South Carolina is 8-10 all-time when playing in the first round of the SEC Tournament.
Alabama now leads the all-time series 23-13 including a 5-2 advantage in neutral site games.
Alabama avenged a regular season 56-54 loss to South Carolina.
The Gamecocks had more field goals (22-19) and more 3-point baskets (8-1) than Alabama, but 25 personal fouls compared to just 12 for the Crimson Tide gave Alabama a 24-5 advantage from the charity stripe.
Alabama outrebounded Carolina 29-25 for the game, but held a 19-9 advantage at the intermission.
Bruce Ellington had six assists in the contest, matching his season high, set at Tennessee on Feb. 8. His career high is eight.
Three Gamecocks finished in double figures with Damien Leonard and Brenton Williams leading the way with 13 points apiece. Bruce Ellington added 11, all in the second half.
Brenton Williams finished with 13 points, two shy of his career high.
Malik Cooke, the lone senior on the Carolina squad, finished the game with six points and an assist.
The Gamecocks were outscored 32-20 in the paint, but surrendered just six second half points in the paint, while scoring a dozen of their own.
Alabama was limited to just five second-half field goals in 14 attempts.