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Today's Date In Gamecock History
January 5th
1985 - USC stunned #3 Memphis State 60-58 behind a physical effort that saw the Gamecocks win the rebounding battle 44-29 despite Memphis having the conference's #1 and #3 rebounders (Keith Lee and William Bedford). The visiting Tigers were ahead 12-7 after the first six minutes, but then went scoreless for the next seven minutes as USC scored eleven straight points. During that stretch Memphis missed nine shots and turned the ball over three times. That gave Carolina an 18-12 lead and USC would never trail again. The Gamecocks' strong performance on the offensive boards helped them to a 30-21 halftime lead. The Gamecocks pushed the margin to eleven and kept it there through much of the second half until MSU All-American Keith Lee helped drive a run that cut the lead to four with just three minutes left. On USC's next trip down the floor Carolina missed their first two shots but center Mike Brittain snared the rebound and slammed it home and the Tigers would never get any closer. Duane Kendall led USC with 13 rebounds while Brittain and Linwood Moye added 10 each. Scoring wise Moye, Brittain and Keith James led the way with fourteen points each.

Today's Birthdays
SportPlayerPositionBegin YearEnd YearComment
FBHoward BarfieldTight End19701972Spent time at split end, fullback and TE. Had 6 carries for 22 yards.
BBHoward BarfieldOutfielder19701971Hit .149 with a home run and 7 RBI over 22 games
FBJim BeardDefensive End1971197312 career starts. Unofficially had 7 sacks in 1972.
FBJohn BrownDefensive Tackle19861987JuCo transfer worked on both offensive and defensive lines.
FBBill CurrierSafety19731976USC Hall of Famer was co-captain and MVP of 1976 squad with 108 tackles and 2 INT
FBJohn Paul GillisOffensive Lineman20042004Injury ended career before it ever got started

Games Played on January 5th
Football
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Men's Basketball
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1929-01-05 South Carolina 50 , Presbyterian 23
1931-01-05 Alabama 45 , South Carolina 11
1933-01-05 South Carolina 33 , Tennessee 29
1935-01-05 Virginia 33 , South Carolina 27
1939-01-05 Wake Forest 59 , South Carolina 47
1940-01-05 Georgia 47 , South Carolina 31
1942-01-05 South Carolina 37 , Georgia 30
1943-01-05 South Carolina 37 , Presbyterian 36
1945-01-05 South Carolina 60 , Davidson 26
1946-01-05 South Carolina 53 , Newberry 21
1948-01-05 South Carolina 65 , Wake Forest 60
1957-01-05 South Carolina 68 , Maryland 60
1959-01-05 South Carolina 83 , Clemson 69
1963-01-05 Maryland 68 , South Carolina 63
1966-01-05 North Carolina State 55 , South Carolina 54
1970-01-05 South Carolina 65 , North Carolina 52
1974-01-05 South Carolina 60 , Marquette 58
1980-01-05 Maine 67 , South Carolina 65
1981-01-05 Cleveland State 82 , South Carolina 76
1984-01-05 South Carolina 85 , St. Francis 75
1985-01-05 South Carolina 60 , Memphis State 58
1994-01-05 South Carolina 82 , Alabama 66
1999-01-05 Kentucky 68 , South Carolina 61
2000-01-05 Tennessee 60 , South Carolina 52
2002-01-05 Florida 69 , South Carolina 60
2005-01-05 Kentucky 79 , South Carolina 75
2008-01-05 UNC-Asheville 61 , South Carolina 58
2009-01-05 South Carolina 78 , Wofford 61
2010-01-05 South Carolina 88 , Longwood 58
2013-01-05 South Carolina 80 , S.C. State 69
2016-01-05 South Carolina 81 , Auburn 69
Baseball
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