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Today in Gamecock History: January 15 - McKie's Layup Improves Gamecocks To 4-0
1997 - The Gamecocks remained undefeated in two tries for SEC road games this season after capping a 16-point comeback with an 80-79 win at Florida. Carolina found itself down by that amount with just five minutes and seventeen seconds remaining in the game. USC then erupted with a 22-5 run led by Larry Davis, who had gone scoreless in the second half until that point. Davis would pour in 12 points in the game's final six minutes. He hit a three pointer to tie the game at 74, followed by a basket from William Gallman that gave USC a 76-74 lead. The teams went back and forth until the final five seconds. With Carolina trailing 79-78 BJ McKie made a layup for the final points of the game. The game had been tied at 39 at halftime before Florida pulled away in the first twelve minutes of the second half. The Gamecocks improved to 10-5 on the year with the win.
Today in Gamecock History: January 14 - Powell's Steal Knocks Off Auburn
2004 - A crucial steal and breakaway basket by Carlos Powell made it seven wins in their last eight games as the Gamecocks defeated Auburn in overtime 53-51. Carolina scored first in the game and at one point had a five point lead in the first half (16-11) but the Tigers would pull ahead 28-22 by the end of the first half. Some cold shooting by USC enabled Auburn to pull ahead by as many as nine, leading 41-32 midway through the second half. Five straight points by Powell got Carolina within four, a basket by Tarence Kinsey cut the score to 41-39 and then Josh Gonner hit a three pointer to give the Gamecocks the lead at 42-41. The game went back and forth down the stretch, and a layup by Kinsey put Carolina up by two with 49 seconds left, but Gonner fouled Auburn's Nathan Watson, who sank two free throws to send the game into overtime. The Tigers would pull ahead in the extra period, leading by two with 35 seconds to go when Kinsey made a basket to tie the game. As Auburn was bringing the ball upcourt Powell stole the ball from Watson and took it in for the go-ahead score with 13 seconds left. The Tigers got one last shot, but USC's Kerbrell Brown blocked an attempt by Lewis Monroe as the Gamecocks improved to 15-2 on the year. More...
Today in Gamecock History: January 13 - Rhett's Double-Double Leads Win Over Cincinnatti
1990 - South Carolina defeated Cincinnati 59-53 in a game that was more like a brawl that a well execute basketball game. There were 53 fouls called in the game and in the first half Carolina shot 26 percent from the field while the Bearcats shot 28. Cincinnati even dropped to 27 percent in the second half and finished at just 46 percent on free throws. The Gamecocks led 22-20 at the half but managed to shoot 63 percent in the second half to get the win. Carolina opened the final half with an 8-1 run and that was enough to hold a steady lead the rest of the way. Joe Rhett led the way with 15 points and 13 rebounds, the only USC player in double figures. The win left USC in a tie for first place in the Metro Conference and with a 6-4 record. More...
Gamecocks Defeat Georgia On The Road 64-57
Carolina visited Athens and never trailed as they handed the Bulldogs their first home loss of the year. USC jumped out to an early 9-2 lead behind two three-pointers from Evan Hinson, the recent addition from the football team.The Gamecocks had an eight point lead at the half but a 10-2 run by Georgia early in the second pulled the Bulldogs close. Down the stretch Carolina relied on solid foul shooting - Chris Silva was 8 of 10 for the game while Frank Booker (5-7) and Hassani Gravett (5-6) were also solid. Down the stretch it was a 3-pointer from Booker and free throws from Wesley Myers, Booker and Gravett that brought home the win.
Today in Gamecock History: January 12 - #21 Gamecocks Hold Off Cincinnati
1991 The #21 Gamecocks improved to 11-3 on the season after knocking off Cincinnati 85-69. Carolina got out big early in this one and never looked back. One of the first half heroes was guard JoJo English, who scored 16 of his game high 29 in helping USC get out to a 23 point lead in the first twenty minutes. Carolina held a 20-13 lead when a dunk by center Jeff Roulston set off a 19-3 run over a six minute span that effectively buried the Bearcats. Roulston would finish with 17 points and eight rebounds while freshman Jamie Watson added 15 points as he hit six of seven shots. Coach George Felton credited an improved passing game - 'Today we looked for each other and it was four or five or six passes and that led to a lot of easy buckets.' More...
Today in Gamecock History: January 11 - 1958 - Prater's 29 Points Hold Off Clemson Rally
What looked like would be a comfortable win over Clemson turned into a narrow victory requiring some sharpshooting at the end as Carolina defeated the Tigers 74-67. USC led 37-28 at the half but things turned when Gamecock point guard Cookie Pericola fouled out. There were thirteen minutes left in the game at that point and the Tigers began pressing USC on defense and relying on the shooting of George Krajack to chip away at the lead. Clemson would get within one at 68-67 in the closing minutes, but four free throws from Richie Hoffman and another two from Dick Prater helped the Gamecocks pull away in the end. The win helped USC improve to 2-5 in the ACC on the year, breaking a two game conference losing streak. Prater led the way with 29 points and Pericola had 17 before exiting the game. More...
Today in Gamecock History: January 10 - Gamecocks Win 17th Straight At Home
1998 - The #16 Gamecocks dominated LSU 70-53 for Carolina's 17th straight SEC home win. Carolina jumped out to an 11-point lead in the first half and still led 28-20 at the break. The Tigers would score the first three points of the second half but then USC ran off 14 points in a row, starting with a three-pointer by Antonio Grant. The lead would grow as large as 22 in the second half as the Gamecocks outrebounded LSU 45-29. It would be the Carolina bench that carried the day to a great deal, as the reserves outscored the starters 38-32 behind 17 points from forward LeRon Williams. He and fellow reserve Herbert Lee Davis (10 points) were the only Gamecocks in double figures. USC improved its record to 10-2 on the season with the win. More...
Today in Gamecock History: January 9 - Thornwell Joins 1000 Point Club
2016 - Sindarius Thornwell scored his 1,000th career point while leading the #22 Gamecocks on a comeback win over Vanderbilt. Thanks to an 8-0 run to open the game Vanderbilt held the lead from the opening tip through the first twenty eight minutes. The Commodores led 38-35 at the end of the first half, though 10 points from Mindaugas Kacinas helped keep USC close. Vandy started fast in the second half, increasing the lead to 43-35, but Carolina chipped away until a basket by Laimonas Chatkevicius tied the game at 49, with a jumper by PJ Dozier then giving USC the lead. Thanks to a 1 for 17 cold shooting stretch by Vandy the Gamecocks were able to push their lead to eight points, then hang on as the lead didn't get comfortable until a Thornwell basket made it a six point lead with 36 seconds left. The win made Carolina 2-0 in SEC play for the first time since 2010. Thornwell led the scoring with 19 while tying with Michael Carrera for the rebounding lead with eight. More...
Today in Gamecock History: January 8 - USC Late Rally Edges Maryland
1969 - The Gamecocks ended the game on a 10-2 run to come from behind and knock off Maryland 69-67 and move into second place in the ACC. Carolina had held a 33-30 lead at the half, but Terrapins forward Will Hetzel led a strong second half that saw Maryland up 65-59 going into the game's final two minutes. USC had also lost starter Bobby Cremins to a sprained ankle, further damaging the chances of a victory. USC came back and tied things at 65, then the game turned on a foul call as Carolina's Billy Walsh was fouled by Mickey Wiles of Maryland. Wiles responded by tossing the basketball in the air, drawing a technical. Walsh made his free throws and then John Roche hit two free throws for the technical, putting the Gamecocks up by four and the Terps were never able to get closer than that. Roche led the scoring with 27 points, while Tom Owens added 11 and Walsh 14. More...
Today in Gamecock History: January 7 - Kraft's Buzzer Beater Takes Down Gators
2001 - In one of the most memorable SEC regular season victories for the Gamecocks, Carolina stunned #5 Florida 69-68 on a three pointer with just under six seconds left that was made by a backup who only played a total of 14 seconds in the game. The game was back and forth all the way, with the Gators leading 27-26 at the half. The real drama came in USC's final possession; down 68-66 Carolina first tried a pick and roll relying on guard Aaron Lucas and forward Calvin Clemmons, but Florida guard Major Parker broke up the pass, which ended up out of bounds. With just 5.6 seconds left little used reserve forward Travis Kraft inbounded the ball to Clemmons, who the played called for to take the shot. Clemmons though dumped the ball back to a wide open Kraft, who coolly sunk a 25-footer for the game winner. The sophomore from North Dakota would only score ten points on the season, but six came in this win and none bigger than that clincher. More...
Gamecocks Claim First SEC Victory
Carolina trailed at halftime by two, but Chris Silva (career high 27 points) led a second half comeback as the Gamecocks upped their conference record to 1-2 with a 71-60 win over visiting Vanderbilt. Silva's performance was complemented by that of guard Wesley Myers, whose career high 17 points all came in the second half. With Kory Holden and Hassani Gravett still out USC with a starting backcourt of Myers and Evan Hinson. USC's next game is a road contest at Alabama on Tuesday night.
Today in Gamecock History: January 6 - Sokol's Buzzer Beater Knocks UNC
1945 - The Gamecocks made a road trip to Chapel Hill and returned having knocked off the Tar Heels behind a miraculous buzzer beater by center Charley Sokol. UNC took a lead early in the game, led 23-21 at the half and would own the lead when USC senior forward Jim Robinson tied the game at 37 with a free throw. North Carolina reclaimed the briefly at 38-37 but the Gamecocks would take their first lead of the game on a hook shot by Sokol, going up 39-38 with just 45 seconds left. After a foul by UNC and a turnover by USC the Tar Heels went back up 40-39. USC got the inbounds and Sokol took it just inside mid-court and his heave found the bottom of the net with just two seconds remaining. Sokol led the Gamecocks with 17 points while Robinson added 12. The win kept USC undefeated at 5-0 on the season. More...