Last time winter weather hit Columbia, USC blew out Texas A&M. This time around it wasn’t a blow out, but the Cocks still came away with a win over the visiting Commodores, beating them 65-59. Carolina is now 9-15 overall and 2-9 in conference play.
The Gamecocks never trailed in the first half, but took only a one-point lead (28-27) into the locker room. Vandy took a lead midway through the second half, but it was, thankfully, short-lived, as Duane Notice’s three-pointer gave South Carolina a lead, which they followed with a 17-5 run, which put them up by as many as 11 points. Though the visitors narrowed the lead near the end of the game, the Cocks hung on and did enough to secure the victory.
Despite being outshot 43.8-37.5 percent, USC dominated the offensive glass, nabbing 26 rebounds compared to the ‘Dores’ 12. Their defensive game was also solid, and it was nice to see the guys put together quality performances on both sides of the ball. Each team was around 61 percent from the free throw line.
Sindarius Thornwell led Carolina with 19 points, six rebounds, six assists, and a block. Brent Williams and Duane Notice were also in double figures (14 and 10 points, respectively). Damian Jones led Vandy with 16 points, 1o rebounds, a steal, and seven blocks. Rod Odom and Kyle Fuller also tallied double digit scoring totals (10 and 20 points, respectively).
The Gamecocks will return to action Saturday when they host Alabama, who is also having a less-than-good year, with a record of 4-7 in the SEC and 10-14 overall. The game is set to tip off at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on SEC TV and ESPN3.