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  1. Frank Martin, apron around his waist and Bojangles hat on his head, moved from the kitchen to the dining area. He worked the room, shaking hands, taking photos and signing autographs.
  2. Gamecocks Host Houston On Sunday At Noon Men's Basketball | 12/7/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TICKET INFORMATION PURCHASE THROWBACK GEAR COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (6-3) returns to Colonial Life Arena on Sunday to host Houston (4-2) in a non-conference matchup at Noon ET. The Gamecocks will wear their recently unveiled throwback uniforms for the first time this season vs. the Cougars. The matchup will be broadcast on ESPNU with Richard Cross (play-by-play) and Daymeon Fishback (analyst) on the call, while Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) will have the call for the Gamecock Radio Network.TIPOFF NOTABLES> South Carolina and Houston will meet on Sunday in the sixth meeting all-time between the two schools and the first since the 1990-91 campaign.> An 84-80 win at UMass marked the first road victory of the season for the Gamecocks earlier this week in Amherst. Sophomore forward Keyshawn Bryant made his season debut, scoring 13 points, and guard Jermaine Couisnard matched his season high with 16 points, as the duo provided a spark on both ends of the court off the bench in the win.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson posted his fourth 20-point game of the season with a game-high 24 on eight bade baskets and six made free throws in the win at UMass. Lawson enters action vs. Houston pacing Carolina with 16.6 points per game this season, a mark which ranks eighth in the SEC.> Sunday's contest vs. Houston marks the start of a two-week stretch for Carolina that features matchups vs. the Cougars, and then on the road at Clemson and at Virginia. All three of those teams advanced to the postseason a year ago, with Houston advancing to the Sweet 16, and Virginia capturing the national championship. SENIOR LEADERSHIP FROM KOTSAR> Senior forward Maik Kotsar has played great basketball to start the season. Kotsar is such a strong component for the Gamecocks on the defensive end, but of late, his offense and rebounding have been key. Kotsar scored in double figures in all three games last week (vs. Wichita State/UNI/George Washington), extending his career-best streak to five straight games with 10 or more points. Kotsar led the Gamecocks with 12 points, three assists, two blocks and three steals, while also pulling down seven rebounds vs. Wichita State (Nov. 26), and he was strong again vs. UNI (Nov. 27), scoring 12 with two blocks, en route to Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team honors. Kotsar returned to Columbia to pace Carolina with 17 points, nine rebounds and another two-block performance in the home win over George Washington. He was near perfect from the field, hitting 8-of-9 attempts from the floor, and he also collected Carolina's only steal in the game vs. the Colonials. Kotsar also led the Gamecocks with 36.7 minutes per game during the stretch. Kotsar snapped his double-figure streak at UMass, however, he scored nine points, pulled down a team high nine rebounds, dished five assists and had three steals in 27 minutes of action. LAWSON HEATING UP ON OFFENSE> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson is really heating up on the offensive end of the floor of late. Over the course of the last three games, Lawson has hit 56.8% (21-37) from the field and is averaging 19.3 points per game in 29.0 minutes per outing. Over the stretch he is also 11-of-14 at the free throw line and has five 3-pointers, which paces the team over the last three games.ON THE CURRENT TWO-GAME WIN STREAK ...> Four are averaging double-figures over the course of the two-game win streak, led by Lawson's 19.0 points per game> Lawson has hit 9-of-11 from the foul line (81.8%)> Couisnard is averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 assists per game over the stretch> As a team, the Gamecocks have hit 63-of-117 from the field - 53.8 percent> Nine different Gamecocks are averaging at least 11.0 minutes per game during the stretch> Opponents have hit just 39.0 percent from the field> Carolina is averaging 19.0 assists per gameSCOUTING THE COUGARS> Houston is 4-2 this season and has won two straight and three of its last four entering Sunday's contest vs. Carolina.> The Cougars, who won 33 games a year ago and advanced to the Sweet 16 before suffering a loss to Kentucky, are led by head coach Kelvin Sampson in his sixth season at UH.> Houston is averaging 83.0 points per contest this season, while holding opponents to 71.3 points per game. The Cougars are hitting 46.6 percent from the floor and 73.0 percent at the free throw line.> In UH's most recent win, a 68-60 victory over Texas State, Kansas transfer Quentin Grimes led the squad with 21 points and three assists, while Fabian White Jr. added 15 points. > Houston is also strong on the glass, holding a +11.7 rebound margin over its opponents, which leads the American and ranks sixth nationally.> Another strong stat for the Cougars is turnovers, UH is averaging only 11.2 per contest, which ranks second in the American and 20th nationally.NOTES TO KNOW> South Carolina is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 250-163 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 133-109 record in his eighth season at Carolina.> Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members.> South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible).> Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal.> R-junior guard Jair Bolden, who was unable to play last season due to NCAA transfer rules (transferred in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at George Washington), will bring veteran leadership and proven scoring ability to the court this season for Carolina, as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore for the Colonials, while also pacing the team with 98 assists on the season.> In SEC action, the Gamecocks open league play on Jan. 7 at Colonial Life Arena against No. 6/6 Florida, while also hosting No. 2/2 Kentucky, No. 22/24 LSU, and No. -/25 Tennessee in conference play (rankings listed are preseason).> South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson is Carolina's top returning scorer after contributing 13.4 points per outing last season. Lawson, who was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List last month, posted 18 double-figure scoring games last season, including six 20-point performances.> South Carolina improved to 83-29 all-time in season openers, and a perfect 8-0 under the direction of Frank Martin in season lidlifters, when the Gamecocks posted a 77-55 win over North Alabama Nov. 6 at Colonial Life Arena. Redshirt-sophomore forward Justin Minaya (17) and r-junior guard Jair Bolden (14) scored in double figures.> R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard made his college debut vs. North Alabama, putting together a strong showing with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in 22 minutes of action. Couisnard missed the exhibition vs. CIU on Oct. 30 due to illness.> Carolina improved to 2-0 on the young season when it posted a 66-32 victory over Wyoming at Colonial Life Arena on Nov. 10. Four were in double figures for the Gamecocks, but the story of the game was the Carolina defense, which held Wyoming to just nine made field goals in the contest.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson and r-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard each tallied 12 points to pace the Gamecocks in the win over the Cowboys. Sophomore forward Alanzo Frink netted a then-career best 10 points, and r-junior guard Jair Bolden added 11.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson hit seven buckets, including a pair of 3s, and was a career best 12-of-13 at the foul line to post a new career high 28 points in leading the Gamecocks over Cleveland State on Nov. 15 at Colonial Life Arena. Classmate Alanzo Frink posted the first double-double of his career as well, scoring 11 with 10 boards, including eight on the offensive glass.> Despite three Gamecocks in double-figures, including a game-high 22 points from sophomore guard AJ Lawson, Boston U posted a 78-70 win over Carolina on Nov. 19 at Colonial Life Arena. The Terriers connected on nine made 3-pointers, and hit an opponent season high 42.2% (27-64) from the floor.> The Gamecocks rebounded from their first loss of the season to post a 74-69 hard-fought win over visiting Gardner-Webb Nov. 22 at Colonial Life Arena. Five were in double-figures for the Gamecocks, led by rookie guard Jermaine Couisnard and sophomore guard AJ Lawson's 16 points each. Senior forward Maik Kotsar (11), junior Jair Bolden (10) and sophomore Alanzo Frink (10) were also in double figures. It was the first time this season that five Gamecocks have reached double figures in a game.> South Carolina suffered a 70-47 loss to Wichita State in its opening neutral-site game at the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Senior forward Maik Kotsar was the only player in double figures for Carolina, finishing with 12 points. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in a team-high 36 minutes.> Senior forward Maik Kotsar was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Cancun Challenge, after scoring 12 points in each matchup at the event. Kotsar also led Carolina in the game vs. Wichita State, collecting seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals in 36 minutes of action.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson scored 20 points, his third 20+ outing of the season, against UNI (Nov. 27). Lawson connected on his first four shot attempts in the game, and finished with eight made field goals, matching his career high. > Carolina snapped its two-game losing streak when it posted a 74-65 victory over George Washington on Dec. 1 in Columbia. Senior forward Maik Kotsar continued his stretch of strong play, leading the Gamecocks with 17 points and 9 rebounds, pushing his double-figure scoring streak to five-straight games, the longest such stretch of his career. BY THE NUMBERS12.67 - Carolina is pulling down an average of 13.0 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks third in the SEC and 54th nationally.27th - Led by Kotsar's 11 blocks on the year, Carolina is 27th nationally with 45 blocks through the first nine games.250 - South Carolina head coach Frank Martin captured the 250th win of his celebrated career in the win over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 22. Martin's team won 117 games at Kansas State, and his Gamecocks have captured 134 victories.53.8% - In its last two contests, Carolina has hit 63-of-117 from the floor for an average of 53.8 percent from the field. Lawson's 13 made baskets during the stretch are a team high.13 - Sophomore guard Keyshawn Bryant made his season debut for the Gamecocks in the road victory at UMass. He was a key component to the game, making an impact on both ends of the court. Bryant hit 5-of-9 attempts from the field, and finished with 13 points and two assists in 22 minutes of action.14.0/5.0 - Jermaine Couisnard hit double-figures for the fourth time this season, and was in double-figures in consecutive games for the first time in his career when he scored 12 points in the win vs. GW, before matching a season high with 16 points in the road win at UMass. Couisnard was also Carolina's top assist maker vs. the Colonials, matching a season high with six. Over the last two games, Couisnard is averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 assists in 27.5 minutes per game.COMING UP NEXT> Following Sunday's game vs. Houston, the Gamecocks prepare for a pair of road contests against ACC opponents, first, at Clemson (Dec. 15/ESPN2), before traveling to face Virginia (Dec. 22/ABC). Carolina's next home contest is Dec. 30 when it hosts Stetson at 3 p.m. ET (SEC Network+)
  3. Men's Basketball | 12/4/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Carolina Travels To UMass For Midweek Matchup Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (5-3) travels to the wintry weather of the Northeast to face UMass (5-3) in its first true road contest of the season on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET in Amherst. Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Chris Walker (analyst) will have the call for the CBS Sports Network broadcast, and Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) will be over the air for the Gamecock Radio Network.TIPOFF NOTABLES > South Carolina travels to the wintry weather of the Northeast to face UMass in its first true road contest of the season. The meeting is just the third all-time between the two schools and the first in Amherst. > Gamecock head coach Frank Martin began his college coaching career in the state of Massachusetts at Northeastern in 2000 under then-head coach Ron Everhart. > Anya Martin, wife of Carolina head coach Frank Martin, was a track and field standout at UMass during her time in college. A hurdles and relay specialist, Anya captured several event titles during her career, including the Atlantic 10 Indoor 55 meter hurdles title. She was a team captain in 1997-98, and set school records in the 55 meter and 100 meter hurdles events during her career. > Carolina snapped its two-game losing streak when it posted a 74-65 victory over George Washington on Sunday in Columbia. Senior forward Maik Kotsar continued his stretch of strong play, leading the Gamecocks with 17 points and 9 rebounds, pushing his double-figure scoring streak to five-straight games, the longest such stretch of his career. > Wednesday's matchup at UMass begins a stretch where Carolina will play three of its next four games away from home. Following the contest vs. the Minutemen, Carolina returns to Columbia to host Houston, before consecutive road contests at ACC opponents Clemson and Virginia. SENIOR LEADERSHIP FROM KOTSAR > Senior forward Maik Kotsar has played great basketball to start the season. Kotsar is such a strong component for the Gamecocks on the defensive end, but of late, his offense and rebounding have been key. Kotsar scored in double figures in all three games last week, extending his career-best streak to five straight games with 10 or more points. Kotsar led the Gamecocks with 12 points, three assists, two blocks and three steals, while also pulling down seven rebounds vs. Wichita State (Nov. 26), and he was strong again vs. UNI (Nov. 27), scoring 12 with two blocks, en route to Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team honors. Kotsar returned to Columbia to pace Carolina with 17 points, nine rebounds and another two-block performance in the home win over George Washington. He was near perfect from the field, hitting 8-of-9 attempts from the floor, and he also collected Carolina's only steal in the game vs. the Colonials. Kotsar also led the Gamecocks with 36.7 minutes per game during the stretch.NUMBERS OF NOTE36.6% - South Carolina is holding opponents to just 36.6 percent from the field through the first eight games of the season. That mark is fourth in the SEC and 22nd nationally.2.1 - Sophomore guard AJ Lawson ranks second in the SEC with an assist to turnover ratio of 2.1. 13.00 - Carolina is pulling down an average of 13.0 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks second in the SEC and 43rd nationally.19th - Led by Kotsar's 11 blocks on the year, Carolina is 19th nationally with 43 blocks through the first eight games.250 - South Carolina head coach Frank Martin captured the 250th win of his celebrated career in the win over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 22. Martin's team won 117 games at Kansas State, and his Gamecocks have captured 134 victories.51.2% - South Carolina has hit 30 shot attempts in both of its last two contests, a combined 60-of-117 from the floor, 51.2 percent.SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN > UMass is led by head coach Matt McCall in his third season. McCall began his career as a graduate assistant at Florida before spending time as an assistant coach with the Gators, and at FAU, and as the head coach at UT Chattanooga prior to his time at UMass. > T.J. Weeks paces three players averaging double-figures for the Minutemen with 15.5 points per outing. Carl Pierre (11.9) and Tre Mitchell (11.6) are also in double figures. > Sean East is 48th in the nation with 5.3 assists per outing, and he is 32nd nationally with an assist to turnover ratio of 2.80. > The Minutemen began the season with five-straight wins, however, UMass is currently on a three-game losing streak, most recently suffering an 82-57 road loss at Rutgers last Friday.NOTES TO KNOW > South Carolina is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 250-163 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 133-109 record in his eighth season at Carolina. > Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members. > South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible). > Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal. > The Gamecocks lost two starters to injury early last season in sophomore guard Justin Minaya (missed final 27 games of the season) and rookie guard TJ Moss (missed 25 games last season); the duo have both fully recovered and are back on the court for the Garnet and Black. > R-junior guard Jair Bolden, who was unable to play last season due to NCAA transfer rules (transferred in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at George Washington), will bring veteran leadership and proven scoring ability to the court this season for Carolina, as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore for the Colonials, while also pacing the team with 98 assists on the season. > In non-conference play, Carolina hosted five-straight matchups to start the campaign, before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge, for matchups against Wichita State, and Northern Iowa. In December, the Gamecocks host George Washington, before a matchup at UMass, followed by a home contest against Houston and consecutive road games at Clemson and Virginia. > In SEC action, the Gamecocks open league play on Jan. 7 at Colonial Life Arena against No. 6/6 Florida, while also hosting No. 2/2 Kentucky, No. 22/24 LSU, and No. -/25 Tennessee in conference play (rankings listed are preseason). > Carolina recently announced it will add throwback uniforms to its lineup for game attire this upcoming season. Fans can get their first glimpse of the throwback uniforms when the Gamecocks host Houston on Dec. 8 at Colonial Life Arena. > South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson is Carolina's top returning scorer after contributing 13.4 points per outing last season. Lawson, who was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List last month, posted 18 double-figure scoring games last season, including six 20-point performances. > South Carolina improved to 83-29 all-time in season openers, and a perfect 8-0 under the direction of Frank Martin in season lidlifters, when the Gamecocks posted a 77-55 win over North Alabama Nov. 6 at Colonial Life Arena. Redshirt-sophomore forward Justin Minaya (17) and r-junior guard Jair Bolden (14) scored in double figures. > R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard made his college debut vs. North Alabama, putting together a strong showing with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in 22 minutes of action. Couisnard missed the exhibition vs. CIU on Oct. 30 due to illness. > Carolina improved to 2-0 on the young season when it posted a 66-32 victory over Wyoming at Colonial Life Arena on Nov. 10. Four were in double figures for the Gamecocks, but the story of the game was the Carolina defense, which held Wyoming to just nine made field goals in the contest. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson and r-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard each tallied 12 points to pace the Gamecocks in the win over the Cowboys. Sophomore forward Alanzo Frink netted a then-career best 10 points, and r-junior guard Jair Bolden added 11. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson hit seven buckets, including a pair of 3s, and was a career best 12-of-13 at the foul line to post a new career high 28 points in leading the Gamecocks over Cleveland State on Nov. 15 at Colonial Life Arena. Classmate Alanzo Frink posted the first double-double of his career as well, scoring 11 with 10 boards, including eight on the offensive glass. > Despite three Gamecocks in double-figures, including a game-high 22 points from sophomore guard AJ Lawson, Boston U posted a 78-70 win over Carolina on Nov. 19 at Colonial Life Arena. The Terriers connected on nine made 3-pointers, and hit an opponent season high 42.2% (27-64) from the floor. > The Gamecocks rebounded from their first loss of the season to post a 74-69 hard-fought win over visiting Gardner-Webb Nov. 22 at Colonial Life Arena. Five were in double-figures for the Gamecocks, led by rookie guard Jermaine Couisnard and sophomore guard AJ Lawson's 16 points each. Senior forward Maik Kotsar (11), junior Jair Bolden (10) and sophomore Alanzo Frink (10) were also in double figures. It was the first time this season that five Gamecocks have reached double figures in a game. > South Carolina suffered a 70-47 loss to Wichita State in its opening neutral-site game at the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Senior forward Maik Kotsar was the only player in double figures for Carolina, finishing with 12 points. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in a team-high 36 minutes. > Senior forward Maik Kotsar was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Cancun Challenge, after scoring 12 points in each matchup at the event. Kotsar also led Carolina in the game vs. Wichita State, collecting seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals in 36 minutes of action. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson scored 20 points, his third 20+ outing of the season, against UNI (Nov. 27). Lawson connected on his first four shot attempts in the game, and finished with eight made field goals, matching his career high. MORE NUMBERS 43.9% - South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of its scoring from last season following the departure of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led Carolina with a total of 486 points - 15.2 points per game - last season. 17/11 - In his return to the court for the first time in almost a year after missing the final 27 games of last season due to injury, r-sophomore forward Justin Minaya posted team highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career vs. North Alabama on Nov. 6. 49.1% - South Carolina was solid from the field vs. UNA, hitting 28-of-57 attempts, 49.1%, including 54.1% of its two-point attempts. 23 - Sophomore guard AJ Lawson led Carolina in its lone exhibition contest with a team high 23 points. Lawson connected on 7-of-11 attempts from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers. 32 - Carolina held Wyoming to just 32 points in the non-conference matchup on Nov. 10. The mark was the lowest opponent point total during the seven+ seasons under Coach Martin. 12 - Rookie forward Wildens Leveque was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for the first double-digit outing of his career, as he posted 12 points in Carolina's Nov. 15 win over Cleveland State. 7 - Carolina committed just seven turnovers in the win over Gardner-Webb. It was the fewest this season, and tied for the fifth-fewest under the direction of head coach Frank Martin. 500 - Senior forward Maik Kotsar recorded the 500th rebound of his career in the win over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 22. Of his 522 career boards, 201 of those - 38.5 percent - are offensive rebounds. The senior big had a crucial offensive rebound tip-out in the win over Gardner-Webb with just 21 seconds remaining and the Gamecocks up two. Junior guard Jair Bolden collected the tip-out, and sank a free throw to push the Gamecock lead to three points with 15 seconds to play. 29 - Carolina forced 29 Cleveland State turnovers in the matchup vs. the Vikings on Nov. 15. That mark was the most ever by a Gamecock squad under the direction of Frank Martin, and ties for the third-most all-time by a Carolina team (happened three other times, most recently vs. ETSU on Nov. 24, 2002).COMING UP NEXT > Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Sunday when it will host Houston for a Noon ET matchup. Richard Cross (play-by-play) and Daymeon Fishback (analyst) will have the call for the ESPNU broadcast vs. the Cougars.
  4. Gamecocks Back Home Sunday, Host George Washington Play Video Men's Basketball | 11/30/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH REAL NICE TICKET PACKAGE DETAILS COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (4-3) returns to Colonial Life Arena on Sunday when it hosts George Washington (3-4) at 2 p.m. for a non-conference matchup vs. the Colonials. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock Radio Network.CHRISTMAS VACATION DAY AT COLONIAL LIFE ARENA > December 1 marks the 30th anniversary of the holiday movie classic, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, and to celebrate the occasion and ring in the holiday season, Gamecock basketball will hold a Christmas Vacation Day for it's 2 p.m. ET contest against George Washington. In honor of the movie's anniversary, the Cousin Eddie "Real Nice" ticket package has been announced. The package includes four tickets for just $30. Fans will also enjoy holiday music as they enter the arena on Dec. 1, and the first 250 fans will receive a free limited-edition Cousin Eddie Gamecock dickey. Also on the concourse, fans will have the opportunity to take their photo with Clark Griswold (cardboard cutout) and purchase eggnog at the concession stands, while also testing their knowledge of the movie throughout the game with Christmas Vacation trivia and in-game contests themed after the holiday classic.TIPOFF NOTABLES > South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena to begin the month of December when it hosts George Washington on Sunday afternoon. The Gamecocks aim to snap a two-game losing streak, after suffering neutral-site losses to Wichita State and UNI last week in Cancun. > Sunday's contest vs. GW is Carolina's "Christmas Vacation Day" at Colonial Life Arena, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the holiday classic movie, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, with Chevy Chase. > Senior forward Maik Kotsar was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Cancun Challenge, after scoring 12 points in each matchup at the event. Kotsar also led Carolina in the game vs. Wichita State, collecting seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals in 36 minutes of action. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson scored 20 points, his third 20+ outing of the season, against UNI. Lawson connected on his first four shot attempts in the game, and finished with eight made field goals, matching his career high. Lawson enters action vs. GW pacing the Gamecocks with 15.9 points per game, which is 10th in the SEC.SENIOR LEADERSHIP FROM KOTSAR > Senior forward Maik Kotsar has played great basketball to start the season. Kotsar is such a strong component for the Gamecocks on the defensive end, but of late, his offense and rebounding have been key. He's recorded double-figures in each of the last four outings, and leads the Gamecocks with 5.7 rebounds per outing. SCOUTING THE COLONIALS > George Washington is led by head coach Jamion Christian in his first season with the Colonials. > GW is 3-4 on the year, with wins over Howard, and most recently a pair of wins over Evansville and Milwaukee in the Island of the Bahamas Showcase last week. > R-senior guard Armel Potter reached the 1,000-point plateau in the Bahamas and first-year forward Jamison Battle took home his first A-10 Rookie of the Week award after scoring double figures in all three games outside the U.S. > Potter paces the team with 12.5 points per game, and Arnaldo Toro adds 12.3 per outing. > GW is holding opponents to just 33.1 percent from the field, and 26.0 percent from 3.NOTES TO KNOW > South Carolina is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 250-163 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 133-109 record in his eighth season at Carolina. > Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members. > South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible). > Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal. > The Gamecocks lost two starters to injury early last season in sophomore guard Justin Minaya (missed final 27 games of the season) and rookie guard TJ Moss (missed 25 games last season); the duo have both fully recovered and are back on the court for the Garnet and Black. > R-junior guard Jair Bolden, who was unable to play last season due to NCAA transfer rules (transferred in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at George Washington), will bring veteran leadership and proven scoring ability to the court this season for Carolina, as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore for the Colonials, while also pacing the team with 98 assists on the season. > In non-conference play, Carolina hosted five-straight matchups to start the campaign, before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge, for matchups against Wichita State, and Northern Iowa. In December, the Gamecocks host George Washington, before a matchup at UMass, followed by a home contest against Houston and consecutive road games at Clemson and Virginia. > In SEC action, the Gamecocks open league play on Jan. 7 at Colonial Life Arena against No. 6/6 Florida, while also hosting No. 2/2 Kentucky, No. 22/24 LSU, and No. -/25 Tennessee in conference play (rankings listed are preseason). > Carolina recently announced it will add throwback uniforms to its lineup for game attire this upcoming season. Fans can get their first glimpse of the throwback uniforms when the Gamecocks host Houston on Dec. 8 at Colonial Life Arena. > South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson is Carolina's top returning scorer after contributing 13.4 points per outing last season. Lawson, who was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List last month, posted 18 double-figure scoring games last season, including six 20-point performances. > South Carolina improved to 83-29 all-time in season openers, and a perfect 8-0 under the direction of Frank Martin in season lidlifters, when the Gamecocks posted a 77-55 win over North Alabama Nov. 6 at Colonial Life Arena. Redshirt-sophomore forward Justin Minaya (17) and r-junior guard Jair Bolden (14) scored in double figures. > R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard made his college debut vs. North Alabama, putting together a strong showing with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in 22 minutes of action. Couisnard missed the exhibition vs. CIU on Oct. 30 due to illness. > Carolina improved to 2-0 on the young season when it posted a 66-32 victory over Wyoming at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday. Four were in double figures for the Gamecocks, but the story of the game was the Carolina defense, which held Wyoming to just nine made field goals in the contest. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson and r-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard each tallied 12 points to pace the Gamecocks in the win over the Cowboys. Sophomore forward Alanzo Frink netted a then-career best 10 points, and r-junior guard Jair Bolden added 11. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson hit seven buckets, including a pair of 3s, and was a career best 12-of-13 at the foul line to post a new career high 28 points in leading the Gamecocks over Cleveland State on Nov. 15 at Colonial Life Arena. Classmate Alanzo Frink posted the first double-double of his career as well, scoring 11 with 10 boards, including eight on the offensive glass. > Despite three Gamecocks in double-figures, including a game-high 22 points from sophomore guard AJ Lawson, Boston U posted a 78-70 win over Carolina on Nov. 19 at Colonial Life Arena. The Terriers connected on nine made 3-pointers, and hit an opponent season high 42.2% (27-64) from the floor. > The Gamecocks rebounded from their first loss of the season to post a 74-69 hard-fought win over visiting Gardner-Webb Nov. 22 at Colonial Life Arena. Five were in double-figures for the Gamecocks, led by rookie guard Jermaine Couisnard and sophomore guard AJ Lawson's 16 points each. Senior forward Maik Kotsar (11), junior Jair Bolden (10) and sophomore Alanzo Frink (10) were also in double figures. It was the first time this season that five Gamecocks have reached double figures in a game. > South Carolina suffered a 70-47 loss to Wichita State in its opening neutral-site game at the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Senior forward Maik Kotsar was the only player in double figures for Carolina, finishing with 12 points. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in a team-high 36 minutes.MORE NUMBERS43.9% - South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of its scoring from last season following the departure of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led Carolina with a total of 486 points - 15.2 points per game - last season.17/11 - In his return to the court for the first time in almost a year after missing the final 27 games of last season due to injury, r-sophomore forward Justin Minaya posted team highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career vs. North Alabama on Nov. 6.49.1% - South Carolina was solid from the field vs. UNA, hitting 28-of-57 attempts, 49.1%, including 54.1% of its two-point attempts.23 - Sophomore guard AJ Lawson led Carolina in its lone exhibition contest with a team high 23 points. Lawson connected on 7-of-11 attempts from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers.32 - Carolina held Wyoming to just 32 points in the non-conference matchup on Nov. 10. The mark was the lowest opponent point total during the seven+ seasons under Coach Martin.12 - Rookie forward Wildens Leveque was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for the first double-digit outing of his career, as he posted 12 points in Carolina's Nov. 15 win over Cleveland State.7 - Carolina committed just seven turnovers in the win over Gardner-Webb. It was the fewest this season, and tied for the fifth-fewest under the direction of head coach Frank Martin.500 - Senior forward Maik Kotsar recorded the 500th rebound of his career in the win over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 22. Of his 513 career boards, 198 of those - 38.5 percent - are offensive rebounds. The senior big had a crucial offensive rebound tip-out in the win over Gardner-Webb with just 21 seconds remaining and the Gamecocks up two. Junior guard Jair Bolden collected the tip-out, and sank a free throw to push the Gamecock lead to three points with 15 seconds to play.29 - Carolina forced 29 Cleveland State turnovers in the matchup vs. the Vikings on Nov. 15. That mark was the most ever by a Gamecock squad under the direction of Frank Martin, and ties for the third-most all-time by a Carolina team (happened three other times, most recently vs. ETSU on Nov. 24, 2002).COMING UP NEXT > The Gamecocks are back on the road following Sunday's contest vs. George Washington, heading to face UMass in Amherst on Wednesday night. That contest will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network with Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Chris Walker (analyst) on the call.
  5. Men's Basketball 11/29/2019 VIDEO: Men's Basketball Media Availability - 11/29/19 Head Coach Frank Martin met with the media Friday morning Poor free throw shooting and youth plague the Gamecocks and when will the Gamecocks see Bryant on the court The Gamecocks missed nine FTs (12 of 21) in an eight-point loss to Boston University on Nov. 19. They missed six in Wednesday’s six-point loss to Northern Iowa in Cancun, Mexico. Frank Martin said the struggles are more mental than physical, using freshman forward Jalyn McCreary (three of 16, 19%) as an example. “With him it’s just a mental wreck,” the Gamecock coach said Friday. “That’s what happens when you have guys who are just OK free throw shooters and they start missing in games early in their career. Then they kind of just don’t want to go to the line. “I don’t know if you remember PJ Dozier, his freshman year, he did not want to shoot free throws because it got to a place mentally where he was not comfortable at the line. And he’d shoot them at practice, but when the game started, he’d get to a place and it happens. It’s part of their growth as players.” Dozier was a 54.4% free throw shooter as a freshman in 2015-16. That would rank eighth on this team, but ahead of starters/rotation players Alanzo Frink (50), Maik Kotsar (44.4), T.J. Moss (33.3) and McCreary. “There’s other guys missing free throws that need to be making them,” Martin said. Missing is one thing, not getting enough attempts is another. Opponents have taken more free throws in five of seven games this season. That happened just 14 times in 32 games last season when the Gamecocks could dump inside to Chris Silva. “We have to shoot more,” Martin said. “You can’t win high level games and you’re getting out-shot 24-11 at the foul line (see Northern Iowa game). You have to get to the foul line. And we have to do a better job of getting our guards to get free throws and they have to do a better job when they’re in the game of being more aggressive as far as attacking the paint.” South Carolina (4-3) next hosts George Washington (3-4) on Sunday. WHEN IS KEYSHAWN BRYANT COMING BACK? It won’t be Sunday, but Keyshawn Bryant could be make his 2019-20 season debut some point soon. The Gamecocks play at UMass on Wednesday. “I’m optimistic that he’s going to do some stuff (Saturday) and then we’re going to start revving him up pretty good on Monday and Tuesday and see where we go from there.,” Martin said. Bryant, the fourth-leading scorer on last year’s team, had knee surgery in early November.
  6. 72 South Carolina 4-3,0-0 SEC 78 UNI 7-1,0-0 MVC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 37 35 72 UNI 44 34 78 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 11/27/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks Defeated by UNI, 78-72, in Cancun AJ Lawson led Carolina with 20 points in back-and-forth contest BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: George Washington 12/1/2019 | 2 PM SEC Network+ LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY CANCUN, Mexico – South Carolina (4-3) dropped a hard-fought battle with Northern Iowa (7-1), 78-72, in the consolation game of the Cancun Challenge on Wednesday night. Four Gamecocks finished in double figures led by AJ Lawson, who scored 20 points. The Panthers went on a 10-2 run to take control late, but Carolina clawed back and pulled within two, 72-20, with 1:01 left. UNI's AJ Green iced the game at the free throw line down the stretch. He finished with a game-high 26 points and was 10-for-10 at the line. It was a back-and-forth contest for much of the night with 12 lead changes and 11 ties. The Panthers led by seven at the half, but the Gamecocks began the final 20 minutes on a 10-2 run to tighten the game back up. KEY STATS > The Panthers were lights out at the free throw line, going 20-for-24 (83 percent) in the game and 14-for-17 in the second half.NOTABLES > Senior Maik Kotsar (12), sophomore Alanzo Frink (12) and redshirt junior Jair Bolden (11) joined Lawson in double figures. Kotsar has scored 10 or more in four-straight games now. > The Gamecocks shot it well overall, finishing the game an even 50 percent from the field (30-for-60). UP NEXT South Carolina returns to Columbia and will host George Washington on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock Radio Network.
  7. Gamecocks Fall to Wichita State in Cancun Maik Kotsar led Carolina with 12 points and six rebounds South Carolina (4-2) suffered a 70-47 loss to Wichita State (6-0) in its opening neutral-site game at the Cancun Challenge on Tuesday night at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Senior forward Maik Kotsar was the only player in double figures for Carolina, finishing with 12 points. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in a team-high 36 minutes. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  8. 70 Wichita St. 6-0,0-0 AAC 47 South Carolina 4-2,0-0 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Wichita St. 41 29 70 South Carolina 22 25 47 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 11/26/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks Fall to Wichita State in Cancun Maik Kotsar led Carolina with 12 points and six rebounds BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) POSTGAME: FRANK MARTIN Next Game: George Washington 12/1/2019 | 2 PM SEC Network+ LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY CANCUN, Mexico -- South Carolina (4-2) suffered a 70-47 loss to Wichita State (6-0) in its opening neutral-site game at the Cancun Challenge on Tuesday night at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Senior forward Maik Kotsar was the only player in double figures for Carolina, finishing with 12 points. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in a team-high 36 minutes. Erik Stevenson led the Shockers with 19 points, all in the first half, and the Wichita State defense held the Gamecocks to just 32 percent shooting (18-for-56) from the field. Stevenson led the Shockers to a double-digit lead midway through the first half, but Carolina fought back and pulled within seven, 29-22, with 2:48 to go after a Jair Bolden made jumper. Wichita State then finished the half on a 12-0 run to go up 19 at the break. The Gamecocks limited the Shockers to seven points the opening nine minutes of the second half but were unable to cut into the deficit. KEY STATS > The Gamecocks were just 3-for-10 from behind the arc and had just two fastbreak points. > Wichita State's bench outscored Carolina's, 31-14.NOTABLES > Kotsar scored in double-figures for the third consecutive contest (28 career games with 10 or more points). > Freshman forward Wildens Leveque had six points and a career-high eight rebounds.UP NEXT South Carolina will face the loser of West Virginia (4-0) and Northern Iowa (6-0) in the consolation game of the Cancun Challenge tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.
  9. Gamecocks Face Wichita State Tuesday In Cancun Men's Basketball | 11/25/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS CANCUN CHALLENGE CENTRAL CANCUN - South Carolina (4-1) continues action in the Cancun Challenge on Tuesday when it faces Wichita State (5-0) at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Cancun at 6 p.m. ET. The matchup, which marks the first meeting between the two schools, will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network along with the Gamecock Radio Network.TIPOFF NOTABLES> South Carolina will play its first contests away from home this season when action gets underway in the Cancun Challenge from the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Cancun on Tuesday night. The Gamecocks are 24-15 all-time in neutral-site contests under the direction of Frank Martin entering this week's action.> The Gamecocks rebounded from their first loss of the season to post a 74-69 hardfought win over visiting Gardner-Webb last Friday at Colonial Life Arena. Five were in double-figures for the Gamecocks, led by rookie guard Jermaine Couisnard and sophomore guard AJ Lawson's 16 points each. Senior forward Maik Kotsar (11), junior Jair Bolden (10) and sophomore Alanzo Frink (10) were also in double figures. It was the first time this season that five Gamecocks have reached double figures in a game.> Carolina committed just seven turnovers in the win over Gardner-Webb. It was the fewest this season, and tied for the fifth-fewest under the direction of head coach Frank Martin.> Senior forward Maik Kotsar recorded the 500th rebound of his career in the win over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 22. Of his 503 career boards, 194 of those - 38.5 percent - are offensive rebounds. The senior big had a crucial offensive rebound tip-out in the win over Gardner-Webb with just 21 seconds remaining and the Gamecocks up two. Junior guard Jair Bolden collected the tip-out, and sank a free throw to push the Gamecock lead to three points with 15 seconds to play.> Despite three Gamecocks in double-figures, including a game-high 22 points from sophomore guard AJ Lawson, Boston U posted a 78-70 win over Carolina on Nov. 19 at Colonial Life Arena. The Terriers connected on nine made 3-pointers, and hit an opponent season high 42.2% (27-64) from the floor.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson hit seven buckets, including a pair of 3s, and was a career best 12-of-13 at the foul line to post a new career high 28 points in leading the Gamecocks over Cleveland State on Nov. 15 at Colonial Life Arena. Classmate Alanzo Frink posted the first double-double of his career as well, scoring 11 with 10 boards, including eight on the offensive glass. SENIOR LEADERSHIP FROM KOTSAR> Senior forward Maik Kotsar has played great basketball to start the season. Kotsar is such a strong component for the Gamecocks on the defensive end, but of late, his offense and rebounding have been key. He's recorded double-figures in each of the last two outings, and is also tied for the team lead at 6.0 rebounds per game. SCOUTING THE SHOCKERS> Wichita State is led by South Carolina native Gregg Marshall. Marshall, who was the head coach at Winthrop prior to WSU, is in his 13th season.> The Shockers posted a 68-59 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday, led by 14 points from both Trey Wade and Jamarius Burton. > Wade paces WSU with 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game through the first five contests of the season.> Wichita State has taken care of the basketball, averaging only 9.6 turnovers per outing. > Erik Stevenson leads the team with 18 assists on the year. He had nine of those assists in Saturday's win over Oral Roberts.FRANK AND HUGGS> Friendship and family describes the relationship between Gamecock head coach Frank Martin and West Virginia's head man, Bob Huggins. The two first met in 1990, Martin was an assistant at Miami Senior High School, and Huggins, then the head coach at Cincinnati, was recruiting Cesar Portillo from Miami Senior. Martin joined Huggins' staff at Cincinnati prior to the 2004-05 campaign, and then joined Huggins at Kansas State for the 2006-07 season. The duo has faced eachother just one time as head coaches, when Martin's K-State squad met the Mountaineers in a neutral-site meeting on Dec. 8, 2011, in Wichita, Kan. In the game prior, Martin had recorded his 100th victory as a college head coach, and Huggins presented him with a game ball commemorating the achievement. Huggins' squad had the edge that day, as WVa hit a 3 at the end of regulation to tie the contest. The teams would battle into overtime, trading baskets in the first five-minute period, which forced the deciding second OT, when the Mountaineers scored the game's final five points for the 85-80 win.CANCUN CHALLENGE CONNECTIONS> There are a ton of Gamecock connections in Cancun. Several of Carolina's staff members were also on Huggins' Cincinnati and Kansas State staffs, including strength coach Scott Greenawalt and Director of Operations Andy Assaley. > West Virginia video coordinator Ryan McIntyre served as a graduate student manager for the Gamecocks during their historic 2016-17 Final Four season.> Former Gamecock manager Griffin Markland is now a graduate assistant at Gardner-Webb.> Another connection is between Gamecock head coach Frank Martin and West Virginia assistant coach Ron Everheart. Everheart was the head coach at Northeastern from 2001-06 and hired Martin as an assistant coach in 2000, giving Martin his start in college basketball. Everheart would go on to be the head coach at Duquesne from 2006-12, and has been an assistant with Huggins for the past seven seasons.NOTES TO KNOW> South Carolina is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 250-161 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 133-107 record in his eighth season at Carolina.> Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members.> South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible).> Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal.> The Gamecocks lost two starters to injury early last season in sophomore guard Justin Minaya (missed final 27 games of the season) and rookie guard TJ Moss (missed 25 games last season); the duo have both fully recovered and are back on the court for the Garnet and Black.> R-junior guard Jair Bolden, who was unable to play last season due to NCAA transfer rules (transferred in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at George Washington), will bring veteran leadership and proven scoring ability to the court this season for Carolina, as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore for the Colonials, while also pacing the team with 98 assists on the season.> In non-conference play, Carolina will host five-straight matchups to start the campaign, before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge, where matchups against Wichita State, and either West Virginia or Northern Iowa await. In December, the Gamecocks host George Washington, before a matchup at UMass, followed by a home contest against Houston and consecutive road games at Clemson and Virginia.> In SEC action, the Gamecocks open league play on Jan. 7 at Colonial Life Arena against No. 6/6 Florida, while also hosting No. 2/2 Kentucky, No. 22/24 LSU, and No. -/25 Tennessee in conference play (rankings listed are preseason).> Carolina recently announced it will add throwback uniforms to its lineup for game attire this upcoming season. Fans can get their first glimpse of the throwback uniforms when the Gamecocks host Houston on Dec. 8 at Colonial Life Arena.> South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson is Carolina's top returning scorer after contributing 13.4 points per outing last season. Lawson, who was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List last month, posted 18 double-figure scoring games last season, including six 20-point performances.> South Carolina improved to 83-29 all-time in season openers, and a perfect 8-0 under the direction of Frank Martin in season lidlifters, when the Gamecocks posted a 77-55 win over North Alabama Nov. 6 at Colonial Life Arena. Redshirt-sophomore forward Justin Minaya (17) and r-junior guard Jair Bolden (14) scored in double figures.> R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard made his college debut vs. North Alabama, putting together a strong showing with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in 22 minutes of action. Couisnard missed the exhibition vs. CIU on Oct. 30 due to illness.> Carolina improved to 2-0 on the young season when it posted a 66-32 victory over Wyoming at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday. Four were in double figures for the Gamecocks, but the story of the game was the Carolina defense, which held Wyoming to just nine made field goals in the contest.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson and r-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard each tallied 12 points to pace the Gamecocks in the win over the Cowboys. Sophomore forward Alanzo Frink netted a career best 10 points, and r-junior guard Jair Bolden added 11.NUMBERS29 - Carolina forced 29 Cleveland State turnovers in the matchup vs. the Vikings on Nov. 15. That mark was the most ever by a Gamecock squad under the direction of Frank Martin, and ties for the third-most all-time by a Carolina team (happened three other times, most recently vs. ETSU on Nov. 24, 2002).250 - South Carolina head coach Frank Martin captured the 250th win of his celebrated career in the win over Gardner-Webb last Friday. Martin's team won 117 games at Kansas State, and his Gamecocks have captured 133 victories.503 - Senior forward Maik Kotsar collected his 500th career rebound in the win over Gardner-Webb. Kotsar is averaging 6.0 rebounds per game.24-15 - Carolina is 24-15 all-time in neutral-site games under the direction of Frank Martin.100 - Sophomore guard AJ Lawson recorded the 100th assist of his career in the win over Gardner-Webb. He paces Carolina with 3.8 assists per game entering the week's action.17/11 - In his return to the court for the first time in almost a year after missing the final 27 games of last season due to injury, r-sophomore forward Justin Minaya posted team highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career vs. North Alabama on Nov. 6.49.1% - South Carolina was solid from the field vs. UNA, hitting 28-of-57 attempts, 49.1%, including 54.1% of its two-point attempts.32 - Carolina held Wyoming to just 32 points in the non-conference matchup on Nov. 10. The mark was the lowest opponent point total during the seven+ seasons under Coach Martin.12 - Rookie forward Wildens Leveque was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for the first double-digit outing of his career, as he posted 12 points in Carolina's Nov. 15 win over Cleveland State.COMING UP NEXT> Carolina will face either West Virginia or Northern Iowa on Wednesday in its final matchup at the Cancun Challenge. Game time will be either 6 or 8:30 p.m. ET and the contest will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network with Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Pete Gillen (analyst) on the call.
  10. 69 Gardner-Webb 0-5 74 South Carolina 4-1 Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Gardner-Webb 29 40 69 South Carolina 32 42 74 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 11/22/2019 | By: David Cloninger | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Couisnard, Kotsar propel South Carolina over Gardner-Webb, 74-69 Redshirt sophomore guard scored a career-high 16 points BOX SCORE Story Links UPDATED SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: vs. Wichita State University 11/26/2019 | 6 PM CBS Sports Network LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY ­COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Jermaine Couisnard converted a three-point play with just over a minute to go Friday as South Carolina slipped past Gardner-Webb, 74-69. The winless Bulldogs (0-5) gave the Gamecocks (4-1) all they could handle, constantly slicing through their defense and burying 3-pointers over South Carolina's lunging guards. Eric Jamison Jr.'s fast-break layup gave the Bulldogs the lead with 81 seconds to go, but Couisnard got the ball at the high post and swished a jumper, with the foul. Jose Perez's layup circled out of the cylinder and Alanzo Frink rebounded it, but the Bulldogs' defense forced another rushed South Carolina 3-pointer. Couisnard's attempt missed, but Maik Kotsar tapped the rebound to Jair Bolden, who covered it as Gardner-Webb had to foul. Bolden made one free throw and the Gamecocks survived another Gardner-Webb 3-point attempt and escaped. Jamison topped the Bulldogs with 19 points as four of five starters scored in double figures.AJ Lawson and Couisnard both scored 16 to pace South Carolina. Kotsar scored 11 with a team-high six rebounds. The Gamecocks only had three more rebounds than Gardner-Webb, despite a sizable height advantage, and were a mere 5-of-19 shooting on 3-pointers. KEY STATS > South Carolina limited the Runnin' Bulldogs to just 39 percent shooting (21-for-54). > The Gamecocks were a season-best 15-of-17 (88 percent) at the free throw line. > After scoring just eight bench points in a loss to Boston U earlier this week, Carolina's bench bounced back with 32 points tonight.NOTABLES > Redshirt sophomore guard Jermaine Couisnard, who scored six points on a pair of crucial and-1s the final two minutes, finished with a career-high 16 points. It marks his second time in double figures this season. > For the second straight game, senior forward Maik Kotsar (11) and sophomore guard AJ Lawson (16) scored in double figures. Kotsar scored eight of his 11 points in the second half. > Redshirt junior guard Jair Bolden (10) and sophomore big man Alanzo Frink (10) also finished in double figures. > The Gamecocks notched a season-high nine blocks tonight against Gardner-Webb, paced by redshirt sophomore wing Justin Minaya (4) and freshman forward Wildens Leveque (3). Both were single-game, career highs for each.UP NEXT South Carolina travels to Cancun on Sunday for upcoming matchups with Wichita State (Nov. 26/6:30 PM/CBSSN) and either West Virginia or Northern Iowa (Nov. 27/6/8:30 PM/CBSSN), in the Cancun Challenge from the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.
  11. Men's Hoops Hosts Gardner-Webb Friday Night Men's Basketball | 11/21/2019 Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TICKET INFORMATION COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (3-1) concludes its five-game homestand when it hosts Gardner-Webb (0-4) on Friday night at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time for the contest, which is part of the Cancun Challenge, is set for 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock Radio Network.TIPOFF NOTABLES> Carolina continues action in the Cancun Challenge when it hosts Gardner-Webb on Friday night at Colonial Life Arena before traveling to Mexico on Sunday.> Despite three Gamecocks in double-figures, including a game-high 22 points from sophomore guard AJ Lawson, Boston U posted a 78-70 win over Carolina on Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena. The Terriers connected on nine made 3-pointers, and hit an opponent season high 42.2% (27-64) from the floor.> Carolina's defense has been exceptional to start the season. In games through Nov. 20, the Gamecocks are top 25 nationally in three major defensive categories: opponent field goal percent (7th, 33.0%), scoring defense (25th, 57.0 opponent points per game), 3-point field goal defense (10th, 23.0%).> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson hit seven buckets, including a pair of 3s, and was a career best 12-of-13 at the foul line to post a new career high 28 points in leading the Gamecocks over Cleveland State last Friday at Colonial Life Arena. Classmate Alanzo Frink posted the first double-double of his career as well, scoring 11 with 10 boards, including eight on the offensive glass. SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS> Gardner-Webb is led by head coach Tim Craft in his seventh season. > The Bulldogs are 0-4 this season, and 0-3 in road games.> Most recently, GW suffered a 74-52 loss at Wichita State on Tuesday.> Sophomore guard Jose Perez paces the team with 12.0 points and 4.0 assists per game. Perez dished a team high six assists at Wichita State earlier this week.> Junior guard Jaheam Cornwall scored a career high 22 points, with six makes from beyond the arc vs. Wichita State. On the year, he is averaging 11.3 points per contest.> Last season, GWU captured the 2019 Big South title and advanced to its first NCAA Tournament.NOTES TO KNOW> South Carolina is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 248-160 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 131-106 record in his eighth season at Carolina.> Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members.> South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible).> Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal.> The Gamecocks lost two starters to injury early last season in sophomore guard Justin Minaya (missed final 27 games of the season) and rookie guard TJ Moss (missed 25 games last season); the duo have both fully recovered and are back on the court for the Garnet and Black.> R-junior guard Jair Bolden, who was unable to play last season due to NCAA transfer rules (transferred in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at George Washington), will bring veteran leadership and proven scoring ability to the court this season for Carolina, as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore for the Colonials, while also pacing the team with 98 assists on the season.> In non-conference play, Carolina will host five-straight matchups to start the campaign, before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge, where matchups against Wichita State, and either West Virginia or Northern Iowa await. In December, the Gamecocks host George Washington, before a matchup at UMass, followed by a home contest against Houston and consecutive road games at Clemson and Virginia.> In SEC action, the Gamecocks open league play on Jan. 7 at Colonial Life Arena against No. 6/6 Florida, while also hosting No. 2/2 Kentucky, No. 22/24 LSU, and No. -/25 Tennessee in conference play (rankings listed are preseason).> Carolina recently announced it will add throwback uniforms to its lineup for game attire this upcoming season. Fans can get their first glimpse of the throwback uniforms when the Gamecocks host Houston on Dec. 8 at Colonial Life Arena.> South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson is Carolina's top returning scorer after contributing 13.4 points per outing last season. Lawson, who was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List last month, posted 18 double-figure scoring games last season, including six 20-point performances.> South Carolina improved to 83-29 all-time in season openers, and a perfect 8-0 under the direction of Frank Martin in season lidlifters, when the Gamecocks posted a 77-55 win over North Alabama Nov. 6 at Colonial Life Arena. Redshirt-sophomore forward Justin Minaya (17) and r-junior guard Jair Bolden (14) scored in double figures.> R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard made his college debut vs. North Alabama, putting together a strong showing with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in 22 minutes of action. Couisnard missed the exhibition vs. CIU on Oct. 30 due to illness.> Carolina improved to 2-0 on the young season when it posted a 66-32 victory over Wyoming at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday. Four were in double figures for the Gamecocks, but the story of the game was the Carolina defense, which held Wyoming to just nine made field goals in the contest.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson and r-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard each tallied 12 points to pace the Gamecocks in the win over the Cowboys. Sophomore forward Alanzo Frink netted a career best 10 points, and r-junior guard Jair Bolden added 11.THE NUMBERS43.9% - South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of its scoring from last season following the departure of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led Carolina with a total of 486 points - 15.2 points per game - last season.17/11 - In his return to the court for the first time in almost a year after missing the final 27 games of last season due to injury, r-sophomore forward Justin Minaya posted team highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career vs. North Alabama on Nov. 6.49.1% - South Carolina was solid from the field vs. UNA, hitting 28-of-57 attempts, 49.1%, including 54.1% of its two-point attempts.23 - Sophomore guard AJ Lawson led Carolina in its lone exhibition contest with a team high 23 points. Lawson connected on 7-of-11 attempts from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers.32 - Carolina held Wyoming to just 32 points in the non-conference matchup on Nov. 10. The mark was the lowest opponent point total during the seven+ seasons under Coach Martin.12 - Rookie forward Wildens Leveque was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for the first double-digit outing of his career, as he posted 12 points in Carolina's Nov. 15 win over Cleveland State.COMING UP NEXT> South Carolina travels Sunday to Cancun for upcoming matchups vs. Wichita State (Nov. 26/6:30 PM/CBSSN) and either West Virginia or Northern Iowa (Nov. 27/6/8:30 PM/CBSSN), in the Cancun Challenge from the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.
  12. 78 Boston U 3-2 70 South Carolina 3-1 Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Boston U 35 43 78 South Carolina 38 32 70 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 11/19/2019 | By David Cloninger | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks Handed First Loss, 78-70, by BU AJ Lawson had a game-high 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) Next Game: Gardner-Webb 11/22/2019 | 7 PM SEC Network+ LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Boston's balanced offensive attack was more than enough to counter South Carolina star guard AJ Lawson in a, 78-70, upset victory on Tuesday. The Terriers (3-2) had six players with at least six points, led by Javante McCoy with 17, and consistently whipped the Gamecocks (3-1) on backdoor cuts and outlet passes for uncontested 3-pointers. Lawson scored 22 and was in the middle of nearly every big play but got sparse help from his teammates. The Gamecocks kept settling for 3-pointers despite shooting a mere 31% from long distance coming in. They were 4-of-22 Tuesday and left nine points at the line. South Carolina allowed 12 offensive rebounds and Boston scored 18 points off them. The Terriers clinched the game with an 11-2 run after it was tied at 60 with seven minutes to go. It was the Terriers first win in program history over an SEC team, although they beat current SEC member Texas A&M in 1986, when the Aggies were in the Southwest Conference. KEY STATS > South Carolina shot just 37.5 percent (12-for-32) from the floor the second half and was just 1-for-10 from behind the arc. > The Gamecocks had just eight bench points after averaging 29.3 the first three games of the season.NOTABLES > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson had 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a team-high 28 minutes. > Senior big man Maik Kotsar finished with 14 points and seven boards. > Redshirt sophomore Justin Minaya had 10 points, his first double-figure outing since scoring 17 in the season-opening win vs. North Alabama.UP NEXT South Carolina continues its home stand on Friday when it hosts Cleveland State for a 7 p.m. ET matchup at Colonial Life Arena. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock Radio Network.
  13. Gamecocks Handed First Loss, 78-70, by BU AJ Lawson had a game-high 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists Boston's balanced offensive attack was more than enough to counter South Carolina star guard AJ Lawson in a, 78-70, upset victory on Tuesday. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  14. ‘Will the Gamecocks be contenders this year in the SEC’ someone thinks so Nov. 17, 2019 The win margin is impressive but the teams Carolina has faced are not. There combined record of Carolina’s first three opponents is now 3-7 after Carolina rolled Cleveland State, 90-63, on Friday night at Colonial Life Arena. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  15. Gamecocks Host Boston U Tuesday Night Men's Basketball | 11/18/2019 Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TICKET INFORMATION CANCUN CHALLENGE CENTRAL COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Cancun Challenge comes to Columbia on Tuesday when the Gamecocks (3-0) host Boston University (2-2) in the first of two home matchups that are part of the Challenge this week. Tip time for Tuesday's night's non-conference contest is set for 7 p.m. ET, with the contest broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock IMG Radio Network.TIPOFF NOTABLES> Carolina's defense has been exceptional to start the season. In games through Nov. 17, the Gamecocks are top 20 nationally in four major defensive categories, including top 5 in three: opponent field goal percent (3rd, 29.1%), scoring defense (4th, 50.0 opponent points per game), 3-point field goal defense (4th, 16.3%) and turnovers forced (20th, 20.67 per game).> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson hit seven buckets, including a pair of 3s, and was a career best 12-of-13 at the foul line to post a new career high 28 points in leading the Gamecocks over Cleveland State last Friday at Colonial Life Arena. Classmate Alanzo Frink posted the first double-double of his career as well, scoring 11 with 10 boards, including eight on the offensive glass.> Rebounding is key for Frank Martin teams and the Gamecocks are rebounding at a high rate this season. Carolina is currently 24th nationally with 44.67 total rebounds per game.> Through the first three games, Gamecock opponents have hit just 8-of-49 from 3-point range, 16.3%, which ranks second in the SEC and fourth nationally.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson needs just seven assists to reach 100 for his career. He is leading Carolina with 3.3 assists per outing this season.SCOUTING THE TERRIERS> Boston University is led by head coach Joe Jones in his ninth season. > The Terriers are 2-2 on the year, with wins over SUNY Poly and New Hampshire, and losses vs. Northeastern and at Vermont.> Sophomore guard Walter Whyte paces the squad with 18.5 points per outing, and senior Max Mahoney leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game.> BU has hit 46.2 percent from the floor (110-238), and 29-of-88 attempts from 3-point range, 33.0 percent.NOTES TO KNOW> South Carolina is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 248-160 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 131-106 record in his eighth season at Carolina.> Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members.> South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible).> Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal.> The Gamecocks lost two starters to injury early last season in sophomore guard Justin Minaya (missed final 27 games of the season) and rookie guard TJ Moss (missed 25 games last season); the duo have both fully recovered and are back on the court for the Garnet and Black.> R-junior guard Jair Bolden, who was unable to play last season due to NCAA transfer rules (transferred in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at George Washington), will bring veteran leadership and proven scoring ability to the court this season for Carolina, as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore for the Colonials, while also pacing the team with 98 assists on the season.> In non-conference play, Carolina will host five-straight matchups to start the campaign, before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge, where matchups against Wichita State, and either West Virginia or Northern Iowa await. In December, the Gamecocks host George Washington, before a matchup at UMass, followed by a home contest against Houston and consecutive road games at Clemson and Virginia.> In SEC action, the Gamecocks open league play on Jan. 7 at Colonial Life Arena against No. 6/6 Florida, while also hosting No. 2/2 Kentucky, No. 22/24 LSU, and No. -/25 Tennessee in conference play (rankings listed are preseason).> Carolina recently announced it will add throwback uniforms to its lineup for game attire this upcoming season. Fans can get their first glimpse of the throwback uniforms when the Gamecocks host Houston on Dec. 8 at Colonial Life Arena.> South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season.> Sophomore guard
  16. ‘Will the Gamecocks be contenders this year in the SEC’ someone thinks so Nov. 17, 2019 The win margin is impressive but the teams Carolina has faced are not. There combined record of Carolina’s first three opponents is now 3-7 after Carolina rolled Cleveland State, 90-63, on Friday night at Colonial Life Arena. USC (3-0) has dominated inferior competition thus far, showing few signs of struggle against North Alabama, Wyoming and CSU. The Gamecocks have trailed for all of 2 minutes, 5 seconds this season and have an average margin of victory of 27.6 that is impressive. Six different players have scored in double figures at least one time, including A.J. Lawson’s career-high 28 points Friday. How this all translates when the schedule stiffens — see clashes with Wichita State (2-0), Houston (1-1) and possibly West Virginia (2-0) in the near-future remains to be seen, but just note that Frank Martin’s bunch has come as advertised through three games. Length, depth and athleticism is something Cleveland State coach Dennis Gates helped recruit and develop during his time as Florida State assistant from 2011-19. The Seminoles made four NCAA Tournament appearances during that stretch, including each of the last three seasons when FSU had at least 10 players average over 10 minutes a game and featured rosters with an average of 14 Seminoles standing at least 6-foot-4. Carolina has size, look at the lists, they have 11 players 6-4 or taller. Finally depth and it has quality, Carolina has ten players who are averaging over 10 minutes a game. “Coming from the ACC,” Gates said Friday, “it was one of our strengths at Florida State to have a rotation of 11-12 guys to make it difficult for the opponents to scout and win by committee. I think this (USC) program, the way (Martin) has set it up is going to win by committee. “It’s very difficult to defend some guards that they have, especially when they come out and shoot the ball and play as unselfish as they played. And for me, when your four-man is 6-9 and 260, you’re physically going to be able to impose. And then you sub in another guy that’s 6-9, their rotation is one of the best rotations, I think, in the country. “And lo and behold, Coach has a program and a team this season that is going to wear some teams down for the full 40 minutes. And you’ll see that rotation put into play.” Without a roster by him, Gates was a little off with heights. Carolina start 6-11, 270-pound Maik Kotsar at center, 6-7, 260-pound Alanzo Frink at power forward and then bring in a variety of 6-7, 225-pound Jalyn McCreary, 6-11, 230-pound Wildens Leveque and 6-9, 235-pound Micaiah Henry off the bench. That quintet combined for 18 of South Carolina’s 26 offensive rebounds against the Vikings, good for the most by a Gamecock team in the eight-year Martin era. “One of the things that has really hurt me as a coach and I’ve had to learn how to coach differently, which I guess isn’t a bad thing is we have not been a very good offensive rebounding team minus Chris Silva the last two years,” Martin said. “We’ve got more guys to do that for us now. I think that can be a staple of this team. I think this is a team that can be a real good offensive rebounding team.” Carolina, according to kenpom.com, are 10th nationally in offensive rebound percentage. Their last top 20 finish in that category came in 2015-16, a season that saw Carolina win 25 games and place third in the SEC. “That’s an extremely tall team,” Gartes said. “And it’s one of the tallest teams I think Coach Martin has had in his tenure. There’s no doubt in my mind they will contend in the SEC.”
  17. Men's Hoops Back In Action Friday Night Men's Basketball | 11/14/2019 Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH TICKET INFORMATION COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (2-0) is set to host Cleveland State (1-2) on Friday evening at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, with the contest set for broadcast on SEC Network+ with Burch Antley (play-by-play) and Carey Rich (analyst) on the call, as well as with Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) over the air on the Gamecock Radio Network. The meeting between the Gamecocks and Vikings is only the second all-time, and the first since the 1980-81 campaign.TIPOFF NOTABLES> The Gamecocks host Cleveland State on Friday evening, the first of three games over the next seven days. > Carolina improved to 2-0 on the young season when it posted a 66-32 victory over Wyoming at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday. Four were in double figures for the Gamecocks, but the story of the game was the Carolina defense, which held Wyoming to just nine made field goals in the contest.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson and r-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard each tallied 12 points to pace the Gamecocks in the win over the Cowboys. Sophomore forward Alanzo Frink netted a career best 10 points, and r-junior guard Jair Bolden added 11.> South Carolina improved to 83-29 all-time in season openers, and a perfect 8-0 under the direction of Frank Martin in season lidlifters, when the Gamecocks posted a 77-55 win over North Alabama Nov. 6 at Colonial Life Arena. Redshirt-sophomore forward Justin Minaya (17) and r-junior guard Jair Bolden (14) scored in double figures to pace Carolina in the win.> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson is Carolina's top returning scorer after contributing 13.4 points per outing last season. Lawson, who was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List last month, posted 18 double-figure scoring games last season, including six 20-point performances.> R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard made his college debut vs. North Alabama, putting together a strong showing with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in 22 minutes of action. Couisnard missed the exhibition vs. CIU on Oct. 30 due to illness.NUMBERS OF NOTE32 - Carolina held Wyoming to just 32 points in the non-conference matchup on Sunday. The mark was the lowest opponent point total during the seven+ seasons under Coach Martin.10+ - Ten different Gamecocks played at least 10 minutes in the win over Wyoming, and 10 different Gamecocks are averaging at least 10 minutes per contest through the first two games.24.0% - The Gamecock defense is holding opponents to just 24.0 percent from the field thus far, which leads the SEC and ranks third nationally.+20 - The Gamecocks out-rebounded Wyoming 41-21 in the win on Sunday. Carolina pulled down 11 offensive rebounds, which resulted in 10 second chance points.57.1% - It's early, but r-junior guard Jair Bolden has shown his scoring ability. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native leads the Gamecocks with 12.5 points per outing, and a team best 57.1 percent (4-7) from 3-point range.SCOUTING THE VIKINGS> CSU is 1-2 on the year and is led by first-year head coach Dennis Gates.> Gates played college basketball at Cal, and was most recently an assistant coach at Florida State.> The Vikings began the season on the road at Minnesota, suffering an 85-50 loss to the Gophers. The first win of the Gates era came in a 79-54 victory over Edinboro, and most recently CSU suffered a 73-53 road loss at Missouri State.> Freshman guard Hugo Ferreira paces the team with 9.7 points per game this season, and sophomore forward Deante Johnson has a team best 6.7 rebounds per outing.> The Vikings are averaging 38.9 percent from the field, and opponents have hit 40.5 percent thus far.NOTES TO KNOW> South Carolina is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, owns a 248-160 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 131-106 record in his eighth season at Carolina.> Joining Martin on the sidelines is a veteran staff, including assistant coaches Perry Clark (seventh season), Chuck Martin (third season) and Bruce Shingler (fourth season), director of basketball operations Andy Assaley (eighth season) and strength and conditioning coach Scott Greenawalt (eighth season), and several support staff members.> South Carolina returns a core group from last season's squad, while welcoming seven newcomers to Columbia, including five freshmen – Trey Anderson, Jalyn McCreary, Trae Hannibal, Wildens Leveque and Mike Green, transfer Seventh Woods (North Carolina/not eligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules) and graduate transfer Micaiah Henry (Tennessee Tech/immediately eligible).> Carolina's top returning scorer, and 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, is sophomore guard AJ Lawson, who scored 13.4 points per outing last season, while dishing 2.9 assists per game. Over the summer, Lawson competed for Team Canada at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece, leading the Canadians with 16.7 points per outing, including an event-high 31 points vs. Senegal.> The Gamecocks lost two starters to injury early last season in sophomore guard Justin Minaya (missed final 27 games of the season) and rookie guard TJ Moss (missed 25 games last season); the duo have both fully recovered and are back on the court for the Garnet and Black.> R-junior guard Jair Bolden, who was unable to play last season due to NCAA transfer rules (transferred in the summer of 2018 after playing two seasons at George Washington), will bring veteran leadership and proven scoring ability to the court this season for Carolina, as the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore for the Colonials, while also pacing the team with 98 assists on the season.> In non-conference play, Carolina will host five-straight matchups to start the campaign, before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge, where matchups against Wichita State, and either West Virginia or Northern Iowa await. In December, the Gamecocks host George Washington, before a matchup at UMass, followed by a home contest against Houston and consecutive road games at Clemson and Virginia.> In SEC action, the Gamecocks open league play on Jan. 7 at Colonial Life Arena against No. 6/6 Florida, while also hosting No. 2/2 Kentucky, No. 22/24 LSU, and No. -/25 Tennessee in conference play (rankings listed are preseason).> Carolina recently announced it will add throwback uniforms to its lineup for game attire this upcoming season. Fans can get their first glimpse of the throwback uniforms when the Gamecocks host Houston on Dec. 8 at Colonial Life Arena.> South Carolina returns 43.9 percent of scoring from a year ago, 48.3 percent of its made field goals, and 45.7 percent of its rebounding, following the graduation of All-SEC forward Chris Silva, who led the Gamecocks with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and 150 made field goals last season.COMING UP NEXT> South Carolina continues its lengthy homestand to begin the season when it hosts Boston U on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tip time for the contest, which is part of the upcoming Cancun Challenge, is set for 7 p.m. ET, at Colonial Life Arena.
  18. Talking Gamecock Basketball "Defense wins Championships" Nov. 12, 2019 When the Gamecocks allowed just 31 points to Maryland on Jan. 9, 1971, it wasn’t necessarily because of what the Gamecocks did defensively. Then it was more about the Terrapins and their offensive approach. The word back then “Stall-ball,” Kevin Joyce said it best. Bob Carver added “Maryland really didn’t play with us. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  19. 32 Wyoming 1-1 66 South Carolina 2-0 Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Wyoming 16 16 32 South Carolina 35 31 66 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 11/10/2019 | By: David Cloninger | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report South Carolina Handles Wyoming, 66-32 Gamecocks held the Cowboys to lowest point total in the Frank Martin era Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) Next Game: Cleveland State 11/15/2019 | 7 PM SEC Network+ BOX SCORE LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- AJ Lawson and Jermaine Couisnard scored 12 points each, Jair Bolden had 11 and South Carolina dominated Wyoming defensively in a 66-32 win on Sunday. The Gamecocks (2-0) buried the Cowboys with five 3-pointers in the first eight minutes and a suffocating defense throughout. It was the fewest points USC allowed since 2005 and is the fewest field goals allowed in coach Frank Martin's eight-year tenure. Cowboys guard Hunter Maldonado had 32 points in his season-opener but with South Carolina redshirt sophomore Justin Minaya guarding him most of the game, was held to 10. Minaya, who missed all but five games last year due to a knee injury, blanketed Maldonado and also scored three points with four rebounds and three assists. The Cowboys (1-1) shot 23 percent from the field. KEY STATS > South Carolina's defense held Wyoming to just 32 points, the lowest opponent total in the Frank Martin era (2012-present). The previous low was set when the Gamecocks limited Longview to 44 points (11/9/13). > The Cowboys nine made field goals were also the lowest total in the Martin era, surpassing Michigan (10 FGs, 11/23/16).NOTABLES > Redshirt freshman Jermaine Couisnard (12) and redshirt sophomore Alanzo Frink (10) both tallied the first career, double-figure scoring outputs in Garnet and Black. > Sophomore AJ Lawson notched 11 of his 12 points in the first half. > The Gamecocks knocked down nine 3s after making just two shots from downtown in the season-opening win vs. North Alabama (11/6) earlier this week. > Carolina used an 18-1 run midway through the first half to push the lead to 23, 31-8, with 8:01 on the clock. The Gamecocks led by 20 or more the final 19:33 after holding Wyoming scoreless for nearly the first eight minutes of the second half. > In two games, the South Carolina defense has held its opponents to just 24 percent shooting from the floor (24-for-100) and 13.8 percent (4-for-29) from behind the arc.UP NEXT South Carolina continues its home stand on Friday when it hosts Cleveland State for a 7 p.m. ET matchup at Colonial Life Arena. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock Radio Network.
  20. 55 North Alabama 0-1 77 South Carolina 1-0 Score By Periods Team 1 2 F North Alabama 27 28 55 South Carolina 37 40 77 Game Recap: Men's Basketball || By: Pete IacobelliI | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Minaya leads South Carolina to 77-55 win over Lions Junior had first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds BOX SCORE Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) Next Game: Wyoming 11/10/2019 | 12 PM SEC Network LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Justin Minaya had 17 points and 11 rebounds in his return from a knee injury a year ago and South Carolina won its 19th straight season opener with a 77-55 victory over North Alabama on Wednesday night. Minaya, who missed the final 27 games last season, matched his career best in points and surpassed his previous mark for rebounds. And it was Minaya who led the Gamecocks throughout. He made 5-of-6 shots the first 20 minutes as the Gamecocks opened a 10-point lead at the break. After the Lions of the Atlantic Sun Conference cut it to 43-39 with Christian Agnew's bucket early in the second half, Minaya and Jair Bolden took control for South Carolina. Bolden hit a basket, then made South Carolina's first 3-pointer of the season to go up 48-39. Bolden's crisp pass found Minaya for another bucket and Minaya went high to collect Trae Hannibal's missed shot for another basket and a 52-39 lead. North Alabama could not respond in the season opener for both teams. The Lions fell to 0-17 all-time against Southeastern Conference opponents. South Carolina coach Frank Martin said several times last season that Minaya was among his most complete players and a rising leader when he got hurt in 2018-19. Minaya looked the part in the Gamecocks opener, smoothly moving down the court and finishing with several floaters over the smaller Lions. Minaya hit his first five baskets before missing a close-in shot. The 6-foot-6 sophomore also had seven rebounds the first 20 minutes. Bolden added 14 points for the Gamecocks. The Lions struggled with their outside shooting against taller, longer South Carolina, going just 24 of 61 (24.8%) overall. They were 2 of 21 from distance. C.J. Brim led North Alabama with 12 points.KEY STATS > The Gamecock defense was locked in from start to finish, holding North Alabama to just 24.6 percent shooting (15-of-61). The Lions were just 2-for-21 (22.2 percent) from behind the arc. > Nine different players scored for South Carolina against the Lions, with seven scoring six or more in a well-balanced offensive effort.NOTABLES > Redshirt sophomore forward Justin Minaya's 17 points matched a previous career-high set his freshman season in a win vs. UMASS (12/2/17). The Harrington Park, N.J., native, was 7-of-10 from the floor while leading the team with 33 minutes. > Redshirt junior guard Jair Bolden scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds in his debut in the Garnet and Black. The George Washington transfer was 5-of-9 from the field with a pair of steals. > Redshirt freshman Jermaine Couisnard and true freshman Jalyn McCreary each had nine points, while sophomore A.J. Lawson had eight and led the team with four assists. > Sophomore big man Alanzo Frink made his first career start for the Gamecocks. He was 3-for-3 from the field with six points. He was limited to just 12 minutes due to foul trouble. > Tonight's victory improves South Carolina's all-time record in season openers to 83-29. Head coach Frank Martin is 13-0 in openers.UP NEXT The Gamecocks continue their lengthy homestand to begin the 2019-20 campaign, hosting Wyoming on Sunday for a 12 p.m. ET tipoff. Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and Mark Wise (analyst) will be on the call for the SEC Network broadcast from Colonial Life Arena.
  21. Gamecocks Host North Alabama In Season Opener Wednesday 11/5/2019 | Men's Basketball GCF Staff Report COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina men's basketball team officially begins the 2019-20 campaign on Wednesday when it hosts North Alabama for a 7 p.m. ET tipoff at Colonial Life Arena. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network+ and the Gamecock Radio Network. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  22. Six weeks without Keyshawn Bryant, what it means for the season Nov. 01, 2019 After revealing the injury news about Keyshawn Bryant, Martin added, “It’s just another basketball season at South Carolina. I don’t know why this school makes it so difficult to allow us to play with our whole team. But it’s in the water, I guess.” Bryant, because of a knee cartilage issue, could be out up to six weeks. This means South Carolina will be down its most athletic player — and a 26-game starter from a year ago — for the majority of the non-conference season. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  23. Six weeks without Keyshawn Bryant, what it means for the season Nov. 01, 2019 After revealing the injury news about Keyshawn Bryant, Martin added, “It’s just another basketball season at South Carolina. I don’t know why this school makes it so difficult to allow us to play with our whole team. But it’s in the water, I guess.” Bryant, because of a knee cartilage issue, could be out up to six weeks. This means South Carolina will be down its most athletic player — and a 26-game starter from a year ago — for the majority of the non-conference season. As Martin alluded to, the news adds to the Gamecocks’ recent history of being snake-bitten. USC last season had eight players miss a combined 126 games due to injury, football responsibility or an eligibility issue. But those Gamecocks still managed a fourth place finish in SEC. Martin has proven he can work around obstacles. What goes away with Bryant’s absence is the potential of a small (but fun) lineup that included the Florida native and Justin Minaya at the wing spots, A.J. Lawson and Jair Bolden in the backcourt and Maik Kotsar at center. Such a look would be a terror in transition. Martin, though, has time to experiment. South Carolina, which started Bolden, Lawson, Minaya, Kotsar and Alanzo Frink on Wednesday, doesn’t play again until next Wednesday’s season opener against North Alabama. The list of early opponents isn’t overly daunting. Bryant could miss 10 games, but only three — Wichita State (62), West Virginia (59), Houston (29) — are against teams ranked among Ken Pomeroy’s preseason top 100. Frink scored nine points and had eight rebounds Wednesday. Freshman Jalyn McCreary, who also played the “four” or power forward spot, had 15 points, three boards and three assists off the bench. The Gamecocks won the fast break points battle, 27-0. “I told them before the game, ‘Whoever I start today doesn’t mean that’s the way I’m thinking,’” Martin said. “I’m just trying to figure out who I play together and who plays better and where, and things like that.”

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