Observations from the Western Michigan win
November 14, 2017
The South Carolina men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 78-60 win over Western Michigan on Monday night at Colonial Life Arena.
Hassani Gravett scored a very efficient 15 points, missing just one shot from the field. He knocked down all three 3-pointers and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.
Frank Booker scored 14 points and Chris Silva had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Below are a few more observations from the South Carolina basketball team’s home-opening win.
- The most exciting sequence of the night came in the first half: Chris Silva had one of his run-down swats off the glass. The rebound was grabbed by Holden around half-court and finished in transition with a running bank shot. Haase canned a 3-pointer to push the lead to 28-23. Two possessions later, David Beatty’s 3 gave the Gamecocks an 8-point lead and they never really looked back.
- Holden and Wesley Meyers both had a couple of relatively easy drives to the bucket in the first half, which sort of set the tone on the offensive end for South Carolina.
- If/when Chris Silva gets into foul trouble, which he avoided until about midway through the second half, the Gamecocks have a nice No. 2 for the 4 spot in Felipe Haase. Silva and Haase are completely different types of players.
- Haase is a perimeter-oriented guy, a stretch-4 who’s a really good passer. The Chilean already has a nice high-low game working with Maik Kotsar. That’s going to lethal combination over the next few seasons, as those guys get more familiar with one another.
- The three guard lineup of Holden, Gravett and David Beatty is going to be a lot of fun to watch. Not sure how much we’ll see that group in SEC play or when South Carolina’s playing teams with comparable size in the front-court, but it could be one we see a fair amount of in non-conference games over the next month or so.
- In the three games I’ve watched this season, it’s pretty apparent that Frank Booker has already established himself as a glue-guy-type. He looks to be one of the most vocal guys, both on the floor and bench. If Booker isn’t playing, he’s usually the first guy to get up, waive a towel and cheer on his teammates.