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Gravett 3- point Play Lifts South Carolina To 80-78 Victory With Videos, Gallery Stats, Box Score & More

Dec 09 2017 08:53 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Gravett 3- point Play Lifts South Carolina To 80-78 Victory With Videos, Gallery Stats, Box Score & More

Frank Booker scored a season-high 19 points, 12 coming in the second half

GCF Staff Report
Dec. 09, 2017



South Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina

GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
Points: Frank Booker (19)
Rebounds: Chris Silva (9)
Assists: Hassani Gravett (4)
Steals: Chris Silva, Frank Booker (2)
Blocks: Chris Silva (3)
Minutes: Chris Silva (35)

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Posted ImageHIGHLIGHTS: Men's Basketball vs. Coastal Carolina — 12/9/17





Posted ImagePOST-GAME: Frank Martin on Coastal Carolina — 12/9/17



Posted ImagePOST-GAME: Frank Booker, Hassani Gravett on Coastal Carolina — 12/9/17





COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Hassani Gravett scored a lay-up, followed by a free throw with 6.5 seconds remaining to give South Carolina an 80-78 victory over Coastal Carolina in Colonial Life Arena on Saturday.

The play allowed the Gamecocks to earn a victory in a game they trailed by as many as five in the second half. They survived Coastal Carolina getting two shots off as time ran out. The win, which improved USC's record to 8-2, was its third straight since returning home.

The loss dropped the Chanticleers to 5-5.

Frank Martin has built his coaching reputation on defense. He has been frustrated that this year's team has not displayed toughness on that side of the court. The Chanticleers exploited South Carolina's defense throughout the first half, connecting on seven of 14 3-point attempts. When Coastal wasn't scoring from long range, its guards managed to beat defenders off the dribble.

The Chanticleers continued to take advantage of USC's defense in the second half, earning its largest lead (69-64) with 7:56 remaining on an Arthur Labinowicz jumper. The Gamecocks pulled within one on several occasions, but appeared unable to regain the lead. USC tied things at 76 with 2:03 remaining on a driving layup by Maik Kotsar.

South Carolina, which trailed in the later stages of the opening 20 minutes, managed to rally and go into the locker room tied at 47. The Gamecocks out-scored Coastal Carolina by 12 on the free throw line.

BIG PICTURE

Coastal, which entered Columbia with a 5-4 record, returns home with confidence after struggling early in the season. The Chanticleers placed four players in double figures, led by Demario Beck with 20. He was followed by Jaylen Shaw (17), Ajay Sanders (14) and Zac Cuthbertson (11).

USC: Coach Frank Martin talked candidly about the regression of his team in the last two weeks. He will have to find a way to get his team back on track during the exam break even though the Gamecocks won. Frank Booker paced USC with 19. Chris Silva (15) and Justin Minaya (13) were also in double figures.

NOTABLE

The Gamecocks improve to 8-0 in the 2017-18 season when scoring 70-plus points. Today marks the team's first victory with less than four players in double figures.
Frank Booker scored a season-high 19 points, he went 7-for-12 from the field and 3-for-7 from deep. Booker has made three or more 3s in seven of the team's first 10 games.
Junior Chris Silva narrowly missed his second consecutive double-double, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds. Silva matched a single-game career-high with 10 made free throws.
Justin Minaya joined Booker and Silva in double figures with 13 points. The freshman from New Jersey has scored 10-plus in five consecutive games .
Sophomore Evan Hinson, who is also a tight end on the Carolina football team, played five minutes off the bench and scored three points, his first of the 2017-18 season.
UP NEXT

South Carolina will take a 10-day break for final exams before traveling to the Upstate to face Clemson on Dec. 19. Tip time for the matchup is set for 7 p.m. ET at Littlejohn Coliseum.


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Gamecocks Host Coastal Carolina On Star Wars Saturday

Dec 08 2017 05:08 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Gamecocks Host Coastal Carolina On Star Wars Saturday

Tip time is set for Noon vs. the Chanticleers

GCF Staff Report
December 08, 2017


South Carolina vs Coastal Carolina


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GAME INFO
Date: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
Tipoff: 12 p.m.
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Broadcast: SEC Network
Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANS
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- "May the force be with you!" South Carolina hosts Coastal Carolina on Saturday for a "Star Wars" themed non-conference matchup at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting is just the third all-time between the two schools and the first since the 1993-94 season.

STAR WARS
  • Saturday's contest vs. Coastal Carolina will have a "Star Wars" theme, as Gamecock Athletics has teamed up with Lucasfilm for the themed game. Co-branded Gamecock and "Star Wars" merchandise will be available for sale, limited edition rally towels will also be available, and your favorite characters from the franchise will be on the concourse for photo opportunities. Fans are invited to dress up in their favorite character, but no masks or props please.
STARTING FIVE
  • South Carolina hosts Coastal Carolina on Saturday in its final game before a lengthy break for final exams. The meeting will be just the third all-time between the two schools, and first since the 1993-94 season.
  • Junior forward Chris Silva scored a team high 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds vs. Wyoming on Wednesday night for his third double-double of the season and the eighth of his career.
  • Graduate student guard Frank Booker played well vs. the Cowboys, posting a season high 16 points, while matching his career highs with six rebounds and three steals. He is Carolina's top 3-point threat this season, hitting 40.0% (22-55) beyond the arc.
  • The Gamecocks have had very balanced scoring early this season, with four players averaging double-digits entering Saturday's matchup, led by Chris Silva's 13.6 points per game. Four have scored in double figures in all seven of Carolina's wins thus far.
  • South Carolina is undefeated this season when scoring 70 or more points, and is a combined 24-4 when scoring 70 or more dating back to the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
  • South Carolina looks for its third-straight win on Saturday vs. Coastal Carolina. The three wins would match the longest win streak of the season for the Gamecocks.
  • Freshman forward Justin Minaya continues to impress. He has posted double figures in five of the last six games, averaging 12.5 points per game during the stretch.
  • The Gamecocks held Wyoming to just 33.9% from the field on Wednesday, marking the lowest field goal percentage by an opponent this season. Carolina also held the Cowboys to just 24.0% from beyond the arc, including a 1-of-13 mark during the first half.
  • Junior forward Chris Silva has posted double figures in seven games this season, including a 19-point effort in the win vs. Wyoming. Over the course of the last five games, he is averaging 15.6 points per game.
  • Silva is just one assist away from matching his total in the category from all of last season (13).
  • Rookie forward Felipe Haase had his best statistical game of the season vs. Wyoming, hitting 7-of-12 attempts from the floor, including three 3s, rattling off 17 points, along with nine rebounds and three assists. He has hit 11 of his last 21 attempts from the floor.
SCOUTING THE CHANTICLEERS
  • Coastal Carolina is led by long-time head coach Cliff Ellis. He is in his 11th season with the Chanticleers and his 40th season coaching Division I basketball. He also was the head coach at Clemson, Auburn and South Alabama, and he owns an 18-10 all-time record vs. the Gamecocks.
  • CCU is 5-4 on the year, including a 1-1 mark in road games.
  • The team most recently posted an 85-81 win at Hampton on Wednesday.
  • Junior forward Zac Cuthbertson paces three in double figures with 17.8 points per game. Senior guard Jaylen Shaw (16.0) and Demario Beck (10.6) also average double-figure points.
  • Shaw played his freshman season at South Carolina. He averaged 3.0 points and 1.1 assists per game.
  • Coastal ranks among national leaders with a +11.3 rebound margin on the year, 10th nationally.
THE SERIES
  • The all-time series between Coastal Carolina and South Carolina is tied at 1-1.
  • Including Saturday's matchup, all three games of the series have been played in Columbia.
  • The series dates back to a 92-65 Gamecock win on Jan. 23, 1989. The Chanticleers won the only other matchup, posting an 88-74 win on Dec. 11, 1993.
UP NEXT
  • South Carolina will take a 10-day break for final exams before traveling to the Upstate to face Clemson on Dec. 19. Tip time for the matchup is set for 7 p.m. ET at Littlejohn Coliseum.
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Silva, Haase Lead South Carolina To 80-64 Win Over Wyoming With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

Dec 07 2017 11:54 AM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Silva, Haase Lead South Carolina To 80-64 Win Over Wyoming With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

Gamecocks shoot 55 percent in second half en route to victory

GCF Staff Report
December 07, 207


Men's South Carolina vs. Wyoming


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GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
Points: Chris Silva (19)
Rebounds: Chris Silva (10)
Assists: Felipe Haase, Wesley Myers (3)
Steals: Frank Booker (3)
Blocks: Four players tied (1)
Minutes: Maik Kotsar (30)
Posted ImageRECAP: Men's Basketball vs. Wyoming — 12/6/17




Posted ImagePOST-GAME: Frank Martin on Wyoming — 12/6/17




Posted ImagePOST-GAME: Chris Silva, Frank Booker on Wyoming — 12/6/17




COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Chris Silva scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Felipe Haase added 17 with nine boards, and South Carolina used a big second-half run to beat Wyoming 80-64 on Wednesday night.

Frank Booker scored 16 points with three 3-pointers, six rebounds and three steals. Freshman Justin Minaya added 11 points for the Gamecocks (7-2), who outrebounded the Cowboys 43-34 and scored 24 points off of 18 Wyoming turnovers.

Haase's 3 put South Carolina up for good, 25-22, and the Gamecocks finished the first half on a 13-3 run to lead 35-25 at halftime.

Wyoming closed to 37-33 on Justin James' free throw early in the second half, but the Gamecocks countered with a 21-6 run to regain control and led by double digits the rest of the way. Minaya hit consecutive threes in the run and Booker scored seven points.

James scored 20 points with 12 rebounds and Hayden Dalton added 12 points and six rebounds for Wyoming (6-3). Louis Adams scored 12 and Alexander Aka Gorski had 10.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The win was important for USC as Frank Martin felt his team had regressed in the last 10 days. The Gamecocks backcourt continued struggle, but with Booker and Minaya hitting outside shots, it played well enough to complement a solid performance by the frontcourt.

Wyoming: The Cowboys placed four players in double figures, but didn't have an answer for the USC frontcourt. They return home for a five-game run.

KEY STAT

Carolina was 16-for-29 (55 percent) in the second half and 5-for-9 from deep the final 20 minutes of the game.

NOTABLE
  • The Gamecocks improve to 7-0 in the 2017-18 season when scoring 70-plus points. In all seven of the team's wins, four players have scored in double figures.
  • Carolina ended the first half on a 15-5 run to take a double-digit lead going the locker room. The Gamecocks led by 10 or more the final 15 minutes of the game.
  • Junior Chris Silva led the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds. It marks his third double-double this season and the eighth of his career.
  • Freshman Felipe Haase scored a career-high 17 points in 22 minutes off the bench. The big man knocked down a season-high three shots from behind the arc.
  • Frank Booker poured in a season-high 16 points thanks to a trio of 3-pointers. The graduate transfer has made three or more 3s in six of the team's first nine games.
  • Freshman Justin Minaya had 11 points, marking his fifth double-figure outing in the last six games.
  • Sophomore Evan Hinson, who is also a tight end on the Carolina football team, made his season debut in the second half Wednesday night. He has dressed the last two contest for the Gamecocks.
UP NEXT

South Carolina is set to host Coastal Carolina on Saturday for "Star Wars" day at Colonial Life Arena. Tip-off is set for Noon vs. the Chanticleers. Coastal is currently 4-4 on the year, and will host Hampton on Wednesday. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) will have the call on the SEC Network.

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South Carolina football makes change at offensive coordinator

Dec 06 2017 04:01 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

South Carolina football makes change at offensive coordinator

December 06, 2017


Will Muschamp and the South Carolina football team will undergo a change at offensive coordinator.

Kurt Roper has been relieved of his duties as the play-caller, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. For the Outback Bowl, Bryan McClendon, who served as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the last two seasons, will call the Gamecocks offensive plays against Michigan.

“After much deliberation, I have decided to go in a different direction with the offensive coordinator position on our football team,” Muschamp said in a release. “We appreciate Kurt’s contributions to our program and to the university and wish him all the best.”

Muschamp won’t name a permanent replacement for Roper until after the bowl game on Jan. 1.

On Tuesday night, Dan Wolken confirmed initial reports by TheBigSpur, which first-reported the would-be change.

Roper was also linked among the candidates for the vacancy at Rice, which was filled by Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren on Tuesday.

Muschamp said “sure” on Monday night, when asked if he expected Roper to still be on staff for the Outback Bowl.

McClendon, a longtime assistant at Georgia, played wide receiver for the Bulldogs, before his a playing career in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. His coaching resume in Athens included stints at running back and wide receiver. He also served as recruiting coordinator.

Following Mark Richt’s departure from Georgia, McClendon served as interim head coach in the TaxSlayer Bowl. He turns 34 on Dec. 28.

On Tuesday night, McClendon and Muschamp visited 4-star quarterback commitment Dakereon Joyner. Roper saw Joyner last week for an in-home visit.


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Men's Hoops Set To Host Wyoming Wednesday

Dec 05 2017 08:47 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Men's Hoops Set To Host Wyoming Wednesday

Gamecocks and Cowboys tip off at 7 p.m. ET at Colonial Life Arena.

Dec. 5, 2017


South Carolina vs Wyoming


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GAME INFO
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Broadcast: SEC Network+
Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1-800-4SC-FANS

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina continues its homestand on Wednesday when Wyoming visits Colonial Life Arena for a non-conference matchup with the Gamecocks. Wyoming is led by former Kentucky standout, Allen Edwards, who also played high school basketball for Carolina head coach Frank Martin in Miami.

STARTING FIVE
  • South Carolina welcomes Wyoming to Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday. The Cowboys are led by former Kentucky standout Allen Edwards, brother of Gamecock staff member Doug Edwards, and former student-athlete under Frank Martin at Miami Senior High School.
  • South Carolina is undefeated this season when scoring 70 or more points, and is a combined 23-4 when scoring 70 or more dating back to the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
  • Rookie forward Felipe Haase pulled down a team high 11 rebounds, adding 10 points on the offensive end vs. UMass for the first double-double of his career. He is averaging 6.9 points, and is second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per game this season.
  • Freshman forward Justin Minaya led Carolina with 17 points vs. UMass. He has now reached double figures in four of the last five games.
  • Entering Wednesday’s matchup vs. Wyoming, South Carolina is second in the SEC, allowing opponents to score just 63.8 points per game.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
  • South Carolina looks to continue its winning ways at home, with two matchups at Colonial Life Arena this week, first Wednesday’s game vs. Wyoming, before welcoming Coastal Carolina to the gym on Saturday.
  • The Gamecocks rebounded from the Temple loss to post a 76-70 win over UMass at Colonial Life Arena last Saturday. It was just Carolina’s second home game of the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Rookie forward Justin Minaya led the Gamecocks with a season high 17 points in the win vs. UMass. He now has double figures in four of the last five games.
  • Junior forward Chris Silva’s 7.6 rebounds per game rank eighth in the SEC. He has collected seven or more rebounds in five games this season.
  • Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar has played well early on this season. He matched his career high with three steals twice last week - at FIU and vs. UMass - and he paces Carolina in the category with 2.0 per game, which ranks third in the SEC.
  • South Carolina hit 50.9% from the field vs. UMass - 28-of-55 from the floor. It marked the second time last week the Gamecocks hit 50% or better, as the squad posted a season high 52.5% (32-61) in the win at FIU.
SCOUTING WYOMING
  • Wyoming is led by former Kentucky standout Allen Edwards in his second season.
  • The Cowboys won the 2017 CBI title last season with an 83-59 win over Coastal Carolina. Wyoming was 25-13 overall last season.
  • The Cowboys are also 6-2 on the year after posting a 96-89 win in double-overtime vs. Drake last Saturday.
  • Senior forward Alan Herndon led Wyoming in that win with 32 points, while senior forward Hayden Dalton (17 points/14 rebounds) and junior guard Justin James (24 points/12 rebounds) both posted double-doubles.
  • James was the Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year last season.
  • Wyoming is averaging 41.7% from the floor this season, including 34.7% from 3-point range. The Cowboys average 9.5 made 3s per game.
  • Three average double-figures, led by Dalton’s 16.5 per game. Herndon (14.0) and James (14.1) also average double-figures after their performance vs. Drake.
  • Wyoming is 1-1 on the road this season.
THE SERIES
  • The all-time series between Wyoming and South Carolina is tied at 1-1.
  • The series dates back to a 78-67 Carolina win in Columbia over the Cowboys on Dec. 21, 2000
  • Wyoming evened the series with a 77-63 win in Laramie on Dec. 19, 2002.
BY THE NUMBERS
  • 2.8 - Junior guard Hassani Gravett ranks fourth in the SEC (games through Dec. 4) with an assist to turnover ratio of 2.8.
  • 3 - Grad transfer guard Frank Booker has 19 3s on the year, which is a team high. He has hit three 3s in five of Carolina’s eight games this season.
  • 6-3 - South Carolina was 6-3 last season in games against opponents ranked in the top 25.
  • +7.8 - South Carolina currently ranks fifth in the SEC (games through Dec. 4) with a rebound margin of +7.8. The Gamecocks most recently out-rebounded UMass, 36-26, last Saturday.
  • 8+ - South Carolina has posted at least eight made 3-pointers in six games this season.
  • 18 - Junior forward Chris Silva is just 18 blocks away from cracking the Gamecock career top-10 in the category.
UP NEXT
  • South Carolina is set to host Coastal Carolina on Saturday for “Star Wars” day at Colonial Life Arena. Tip-off is set for Noon vs. the Chanticleers. Coastal is currently 4-4 on the year, and will host Hampton on Wednesday. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) will have the call on the SEC Network.
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Gamecocks Beat UMASS 76-70 With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

Dec 02 2017 11:39 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Gamecocks Beat UMASS 76-70 With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

Justin Minaya led the team with a career-high 17 points on Saturday

GCF Staff Report
December 02, 2017


Posted ImageRECAP: Men's Basketball vs. UMass — 12/2/17





Posted ImagePOST-GAME: Frank Martin on UMass — 12/2/17





South Carolina vs. UMASS



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GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
Points: Justin Minaya (17)
Rebounds: Felipe Haase (10)
Assists: Hassani Gravett (4)
Steals: Maik Kotsar, Hassani Gravett (3)
Blocks: Felipe Haase (1)
Minutes: Justin Minaya (33)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Freshman Justin Minaya scored 17 points, Chris Silva had 12 of his 14 points in the second half and South Carolina defeated UMass 76-70 on Saturday.

Silva, coming off a two-point performance in a Thursday loss to Temple at Madison Square Garden, was in foul trouble for most of the game. He and Maik Kotsar entered the game with 5:40 remaining with four fouls apiece and Silva delivered back-to-back dunks in 34 seconds to put USC up by six.

The Minutemen cut the advantage to two with 19.4 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer by Carl Pierre, but Hassani Gravett made four straight free throws to seal it.

Gravett finished with 14 points for South Carolina (6-2), while freshman Felipe Haase chipped in 11.

Luwane Pipkins led UMass (3-5) with 25 and Pierre added 12. The Minutemen have lost four straight.

KEY STAT

The Gamecocks shot 51 percent (28-for-55) from the floor and turned it over just four times in the second half after coughing up the ball 11 times in the first 20 minutes.

NOTABLE
  • South Carolina is 6-0 in the 2017-18 season when scoring 70-plus points. In all six of the team's wins, four players have scored in double figures.
  • Justin Minaya finished with a career-high 17 points. He went 6-for-11 from the field and led the team with 33 minutes. His six made rbaskets surpassed his previous single-game high of five.
  • Hassani Gravett scored a season-high 14 points and knocked down four big free throws late in the game. The redshirt junior point guard had four assists and zero turnovers.
  • Felipe Haase finished with career-highs in points (11) and rebounds (10) en route to notching his first career double-double. He played 29 minutes off the bench.
UP NEXT

South Carolina continues its homestand when Wyoming visits Columbia for a 7 p.m. ET matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Wyoming head coach Allen Edwards played for Gamecock head coach Frank Martin at Miami Senior High, and he is also the brother of Gamecock staff member Doug Edwards. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+.


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Gamecocks look to bounce back after tough loss in New York

Dec 01 2017 09:22 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Gamecocks look to bounce back after tough loss in New York

December 01, 2017
GCF Staff Report




South Carolina vs UMass




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GAME INFO
Date: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
Tipoff: 2 p.m.
Location: Columbia, S.C.
Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Broadcast: SEC Network+
Tickets: GamecocksOnline.com/1
Posted ImageHassani Gravett and Frank Booker before UMass



The South Carolina basketball team is in the midst of a funky six-day stretch that began in Miami, moved to New York and will end in Columbia.

The run of three games in six days began on Monday with a 78-61 win at Florida International. At Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, South Carolina fell to Temple, 76-60.

On the heels of that 9 o’clock tip in New York, it’s another short turnaround for South Carolina (5-2) when UMass (3-4) shows up to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday for a 2 o’clock tip on SEC Network Plus.

“I’m not going to lie,” senior guard Frank Booker said. “[Saturday], we’re going to see what kind of team we are, how we bounce back. … Now that we’ve lost and we’ve been on the road, things like that, are we going to fold? Are we going to have excuses? Are we going to be tired?

“Or are we going to buckle down and actually be ready for the next game and not have any excuses?”

It’s a similar test to last month’s, which followed a disappointing loss to Illinois State in the opening round of the Puerto Rico tipoff in Myrtle Beach, S.C. South Carolina bounced back a day later with an 80-56 win over UTEP, before closing out the tournament two days later with a second win over Western Michigan.

Booker believes the end of this current stretch could send the Gamecocks in either direction.

“It can really help us or it can hurt us,” he said. “It can help us in a way where we can come together. We talk about where we messed up at and where we can learn from. Or we can sit and we can play the blame game.”

Booker, a senior graduate transfer from FAU and Oklahoma, is counted among the group of leaders that’s trying to keep things on the right track. Junior forward Chris Silva, junior guard Hassani Gravett and sophomore forward Maik Kotsar, the three returning players from last season’s Final Four squad, also have a say in keeping the blame game out of the picture.

“That’s a virus. We don’t want that,” Booker said, “So as of [Thursday] night, we talked to each other. We made sure everybody let [Thursday] night go and just go from here.”


STARTING FIVE
  • After playing six of its first seven games away from home, South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena to host three-straight non-conference matchups, beginning with Saturday’s game vs. UMass.
  • Saturday’s game is Carolina’s first at home since Nov. 13.
  • South Carolina suffered a 76-60 defeat to Temple at the Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. It marked Carolina’s first game at the venue since posting Sweet 16 and Elite Eight wins over Baylor and Florida, respectively, last March.
  • Rookie guard David Beatty hit double-figures for the first time in his Gamecock career with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field vs. Temple. Beatty is averaging 5.0 points per game this season.
  • Dating back to the 2015-16 campaign, South Carolina is 32-6 in games played at Colonial Life Arena.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
  • South Carolina looks to rebound on Saturday vs. UMass after suffering a 76-60 loss to Temple on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in the Under Armour Reunion.
  • South Carolina struggled offensively in the matchup vs. the Owls, hitting just 37.9 percent from the field - its second-lowest mark of the season - and just 28.6 percent from beyond the arc.
  • Rookie guard David Beatty hit 6-of-11 attempts from the floor for his first-career double-figure scoring game vs. Temple.
  • Silva struggled offensively, hitting just 2-of-10 attempts from the floor, but he pulled down a team high nine rebounds and continues to lead the Gamecocks with 8.1 rebounds per game this season, which ranks fifth in the SEC (games through Nov. 30).
  • Rookie guard Justin Minaya continues to have a solid start to his career in the Garnet and Black. He scored 11 points with two steals and seven rebounds vs. Temple. For the year, he is averaging 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING UMASS
  • UMass enters Saturday’s matchup with a 3-4 overall record, but the Minutemen have lost three-straight, including a 68-66 decision to Quinnipiac on Wednesday.
  • UMass is led by head coach Matt McCall in his first season. He was previously the head coach at UT- Chattanooga, and was an assistant at his alma mater, Florida.
  • Sophomore guard Luwane Pipkins leads the squad with 17.3 points per game this season, but he struggled vs. Quinnipiac, hitting just 2-of-13 attempts from the field.
  • Junior center Rashaan Holloway is also in double-figures on the year, posting 10.7 per game. He had 14 with seven rebounds in UMass’ last outing.
  • UMass has wins this season over UMass Lowell, Niagara and Western Carolina. Its other losses came to Harvard in OT, Minnesota and BYU.
THE SERIES
  • South Carolina and UMass have met just once, a game that saw the Minutemen claim an 84-66 victory in the Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield on Dec. 29, 1992.
  • Former UTEP and Auburn head coach Tony Barbee led UMass in that game, hitting 11-of-13 attempts from the floor, and posting a game high 31 points with seven rebounds.
  • Jamie Watson led Carolina in the game with 13 points.
UP NEXT
  • South Carolina continues its homestand when Wyoming visits Columbia for a 7 p.m. ET matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Wyoming head coach Allen Edwards played for Gamecock head coach Frank Martin at Miami Senior High, and he is also the brother of Gamecock staff member Doug Edwards. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+.


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Temple Defeats South Carolina 76-60 In Under Armour Reunion

Dec 01 2017 12:10 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Temple Defeats South Carolina 76-60 In Under Armour Reunion

David Beatty scored a career-high 13 points off the bench

GCF Staff Report
December 01, 2017


South Carolina vs. Temple at The Garden



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GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
Points: David Beatty (13)
Rebounds: Chris Silva (9)
Assists: Maik Kotsar, David Beatty, Wesley Myers (2)
Steals: Felipe Haase, Justin Minaya (2)
Blocks: Chris Silva (2)
Minutes: Maik Kotsar (35)

NEW YORK (AP) Quinton Rose scored a season-high 24 points to lead Temple to a 76-60 rout over South Carolina on Thursday night in the second game of the Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden.

Damion Moore finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Obi Enechionyia added 15 points for Temple, which improved to 4-1 with its fourth win in its last five games.

South Carolina dropped to 5-2. The game was South Carolina's first at Madison Square Garden since Sweet 16 and Elite Eight wins over Baylor and Florida, respectively, last March.

David Beatty led the Gamecocks with 13 points. Maik Kotsar scored 12 and Justin Minaya tallied 11.

Leading 38-27 at the start of the second half, Temple outscored the Gamecocks 16-12 in the first 8:20 to extend its lead 54-39. The Owls started the second half with two Enechionyia dunks and a jumper, a Moore jam and jumper, and eight points from Rose.

The lead grew to 60-41 after Moore's putback and layup on consecutive possessions. Following the layup with 9:39 left, Gamecocks coach Frank Martin called time out. It did not matter as Temple pushed its lead to 23, 66-43, after Rose's lay-in at 6:27.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The Gamecocks entered the game with their bench having a plus-34 scoring differential over the course of the season. But that number is somewhat misleading. South Carolina's bench outscored its opponents by a combined plus-35 margin in the first two games of the season, only for it to be minus-one in the next four. Against Temple, South Carolina's bench was outscored 25-21.

Temple: The Owls' modus operandi was simple: Get it inside. And oftentimes simple works. To wit: In Temple's 16-point win, 38 of its 76 points were scored in the paint.

KEY STAT

The Gamecocks shot 38 percent (22-for-58) from the floor and just 29 percent (6-for-21) from behind the arc. Temple held a 38-26 edge in points in the paint and forced 17 turnovers.

NOTABLE
  • Freshman guard David Beatty scored a career-high 13 points in 23 minutes off the bench.
  • Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season, finishing with 12 points. He went 2-for-2 from behind the arc, marking his first career game with multiple 3-pointers.
  • Freshman Justin Minaya finished with 11 points, marking his third double-figure scoring performance in the past four games.
UP NEXT

South Carolina finally returns home to Columbia to host three-straight non-conference matchups at Colonial Life Arena, beginning with Saturday’s matchup vs. UMass. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. ET, and the contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+.


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Gamecocks Face Temple In New York Thursday

Nov 29 2017 05:20 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Gamecocks Face Temple In New York Thursday

Carolina set to face the Owls in the Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden

GCF Staff Report
November 29, 2017

South Carolina vs. Temple


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GAME INFO
Date: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Tipoff: 9 p.m.
Location: New York City
Arena: Madison Square Garden (20,789)
Broadcast: ESPNU
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina travels to New York City on Thursday to face Temple in the Second Annual Under Armour Reunion event at Madison Square Garden. The contest will mark Carolina's first in the historic venue since posting a 77-70 win over Florida in the Elite Eight last March to advance to the Final Four.

STARTING FIVE
  • South Carolina hits the road for the second time this week, setting its sights on The Big Apple for the Second Annual Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden. The Gamecocks also played in the event last season, suffering a 67-64 loss to Seton Hall.
  • Thursday’s game marks the sixth away from home for the Gamecocks in the first seven games of the season.
  • Junior forward Chris Silva looks to build on his 26-point, 10-rebound performance in the win at FIU. His 26 points, and 10 made field goals were both career highs, while his 10 rebounds marked his third double-figure rebound performance of the season.
  • Sophomore forward Maik Kotsar had one of the best games of his career in the win at FIU, he matched his career high with 16 points, while pulling down six rebounds and dishing a career high six assists.
  • The last time South Carolina played at Madison Square Garden, the Gamecocks captured their school record 26th win of the season with a 77-70 win over Florida in the 2017 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, punching Carolina’s ticket to its first Final Four.
HEADLINES
  • South Carolina is in its 110th season of varsity basketball in 2017-18.
  • South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four in 2016-17, which included posting its first NCAA Tournament win since the 1973 campaign when it tallied a 93-73 win over Marquette in the First Round.
  • The Gamecocks finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 26-11 overall record. The 26 wins were a program record.
  • Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina’s Frank Martin holds the sixth-highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Kansas’ Bill Self.
  • Over the course of the last three seasons (2015-16-present), the Gamecocks are 24-15 (.615) combined in games played away from home (away/neutral).
  • South Carolina compiled 51 wins over the course of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
  • Entering the 2017-18 campaign, Frank Martin has led his team to at least 20 wins in seven of 10 seasons.
  • Following two games away from home this week, the Gamecocks will return home to play six of their next eight games in the friendly confines of Colonial Life Arena.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
  • The South Carolina starting five had a strong outing in Monday’s matchup win at FIU, scoring 74 of Carolina’s 78 points, let by Silva’s game high and career best, 26 points.
  • At least four have scored in double figures in all five Gamecock wins this season.
  • South Carolina is holding opponents to just 60.7 points per game, which leads the SEC (games through Nov. 27) and ranks 26th nationally.
  • Silva’s 14.0 points per game lead three Carolina players averaging double-figure points, as grad transfer guard Frank Booker and sophomore forward Maik Kotsar each average 11.0 per game.
  • Booker has been on an absolute tear from beyond the arc through the first six games, connecting on 17-of-42 attempts (40.5%) from 3-point range, including a season high 4-of-8 attempts at FIU. His 2.8 made 3s per game is tied for sixth in the SEC.
  • Junior guard Hassani Gravett dished seven assists in Monday’s win over FIU. He is averaging 5.3 per game, which is second in the SEC and is 53rd nationally. He has at least five assists in each of the last four games.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
  • Temple is led by head coach Fran Dunphy - one of 25 active coaches with at least 500 wins - in his 12th season with the Owls. Prior to his time at Temple, Dunphy was the head coach at Penn.
  • The Owls began the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign, before suffering a loss at La Salle on Sunday.
  • Temple posted three wins, victories over Old Dominion, Auburn and Clemson, to claim the 2017 Charleston Classic title on Nov. 19.
  • Temple ranks among the nation’s best, hitting 81.2% of its attempts from the foul line - seventh nationally (games through Nov. 27).
  • Junior guard Shizz Alston Jr., leads three averaging double figures with 18.3 points per game. Quinton Rose (17.5) and Obi Enechionyia (15.5) also average double digits entering Thursday’s matchup with South Carolina.
  • Temple’s 3-point field goal defense is also very good, the Owls are holding opponents to just 27.8% (27-97) from beyond the arc this season, 31st nationally.
BIG APPLE GAMECOCKS
  • South Carolina has a storied history with the city of New York, as Gamecock greats Frank McGuire, Mike Dunleavy, John Roche, Tom Owens, and several others call the Big Apple home. Assistant coach Chuck Martin grew up in the Bronx, graduate transfer Wes Myers is a native of Brooklyn, and the list goes on. The Gamecocks have also had success at MSG. Carolina has played games at the Mecca of Basketball throughout its history, playing for example in the Holiday Festival Tournament at MSG in the late 1960’s, capturing two NIT championships at The Garden in 2005 and again in 2006, and of course last season’s two NCAA Tournament wins over Baylor and Florida during the magical run to the Final Four.
UP NEXT
  • South Carolina finally returns home to Columbia to host three-straight non-conference matchups at Colonial Life Arena, beginning with Saturday’s matchup vs. UMass. Tip time is set for 2 p.m. ET, and the contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+.
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Silva Powers Gamecocks To 78-31 Win Over FIU With Galleries, Stats & More

Nov 28 2017 12:28 PM | FeatheredCock in Basketball

Silva Powers Gamecocks To 78-31 Win Over FIU With Galleries, Stats & More

Junior scored career-high 26 points with 10 rebounds for his seventh career double-double

November 28, 2017
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Men's Basketball at FIU



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GAMECOCK STAT LEADERS
Points: Chris Silva (26)
Rebounds: Chris Silva (10)
Assists: Hassani Gravett (7)
Steals: Frank Booker, Maik Kotsar (3)
Blocks: Frank Booker, Maik Kotsar, Chris Silva (1)
Minutes: Justin Minaya (35)
MIAMI (AP) Chris Silva scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead South Carolina to a 78-61 win over FIU on Monday night.

Maik Kotsar scored 16 points, Justin Minaya added 13, and Frank Booker chipped in 12 for South Carolina (5-1) as head coach Frank Martin faced his alma mater for the first time on the road as a head coach. Martin is 3-0 against FIU.

FIU (2-4) was led by Eric Lockett's 21 points.

After hitting a 3 to give the Gamecocks a 38-36 lead going into the break after a wild first half, Booker picked up where he left off, hitting three 3s in the opening minutes of the second half to give South Carolina a 57-38 lead.

Booker's 3 were part of a pivotal 15-0 run that helped lift the Gamecocks to the win.

FIU cut the deficit to 10 points at 68-58 with six minutes left in the game, but were unable to get within single digits.

Both teams played an entertaining first half with each taking a turn at a big run.

South Carolina opened with a 9-0 run capped by an emphatic breakaway dunk by Silva. The Gamecocks' fast start continued, making 9 of their first 11 shots to build a 20-4 lead.

Then, the Golden Panthers went on its run erasing the 16-point deficit with a 27-3 run over the next 8:41.

Trejon Jacob sparked FIU by scoring seven straight points with a layup, a long 3, and a two-handed dunk to cut the deficit to 20-11.

FIU continued its surge and took a 23-22 lead following a 4-point play by Brian Beard Jr. with 8:04 left in the first half. Moments later, Beard Jr. drilled another 3 for a 29-23 advantage.

South Carolina trailed 31-23 before Silva ended the run with a basket.

The Gamecocks committed 12 turnovers and made 1 of 9 shots from the field during the run.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: Booker is proving to be a solid addition to the team after averaging 5.7 points a game at FAU last season. The 6-foot-3 senior has made a team-high 17 3-pointers through six games and is shooting 40.5 percent from behind the arc.

FIU: The Golden Panthers will look to build on their impressive 27-3 run in the first half behind their trio of guards as they will be looking for their first win over a Division I school.

KEY STAT

After turning it over 14 times in the first half, Carolina had just five turnovers in the second half. The Gamecocks were plus-15 in the rebound column (40-25) and tallied a season-high 22 assists on the team’s 32 made field goals.

NOTABLE
  • Head coach Frank Martin moves to 3-0 all-time versus his alma mater, picking up his first road win against FIU Monday night.
  • Four different players have scored in double figures in each of the team’s five wins during the 2017-18 season.
  • The Gamecocks made a season-high 32 field goals, assisting on 22 of the made baskets. Carolina shot 52.5 percent from the floor, marking the first time to shoot 50 percent or better in a game since the team’s opening round NCAA Tournament win versus Marquette on March 17, 2017, in Greenville, S.C.
  • The team’s 22 assists mark the most since dishing out 23 versus Auburn in a blowout win on Jan. 24, 2017 at Colonial Life Arena.
  • Junior Chris Silva, a Preseason Second Team All-SEC selection by the league’s head coaches, tallied a career-high 26 points. He went 10-of-13 from the field, career-highs in both makes and attempts. Silva’s previous career high came when he scored 17 against second-seeded Duke in the NCAA Tournament in March.
  • Silva also had 10 rebounds for his seventh career double-double and his second this season.
  • Sophomore Maik Kotsar matched his career-high with 16 points. He scored 16 in the team’s win over Syracuse on Nov. 26, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last season.
  • Kotsar had a great all-around game, recording six rebounds, a career-high six assists and three steals. He’s had at least two steals in five-straight games this year and leads the team with 12.
  • Sophomore Hassani Gravett continued to effectively distribute the basketball, notching seven assists to go alongside just one turnover. He’s had 27 assists in the team’s last four games.
UP NEXT

South Carolina travels to New York City on Nov. 30 for the Second Annual Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden. The Gamecocks will face Temple, which just captured the Charleston Classic title with wins over Old Dominion, Auburn and Clemson. Tip off for that contest is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET, with the matchup set to be broadcast on ESPNU with Doug Sherman (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) on the call.

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