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  1. Martin on Burch playing some basketball: 'That option is on the table' Feb. 20, 2020, | GCF Staff Report 5-star DE Jordan Burch exploring the possibility of playing two sports in college. Martin said. “Will recruited him, not me. I spent a lot of time watching him play basketball over the last four years. He’s a really good basketball player. That option was part of the recruitment and is on the table for him. It takes certain human beings to do it because it’s not easy.” Martin’s coached a few guys that split time between football and basketball, first one was Bruce Ellington and most recent one was Evan Hinson before he transferred out. Burch, who was recruited as a football player and rightfully so, also plays basketball at Hammond School and is very good at it. When he’s visited, including coming in last weekend before officially signing his NLI, he’s sat behind the Gamecock bench, which is usually reserved for basketball recruits. Part of his visit that weekend was also coming in and getting to watch shoot around. Burch was back in the house for South Carolina’s 74-54 win over Texas A&M Saturday behind the home team’s bench as well. It’s not a forgone conclusion Burch will play two sports, but Martin said it’s a possibility after Burch gets settled on campus and goes through his first football season under Will Muschamp. Martin had the following to say. “Jordan is a really good basketball player. That was part of recruiting him. If he came here, I believe in him as a basketball player. That option is on the table. Like he told me when he was here for the Missouri game, he told me in shoot around he’ll make that decision when that season is over, which I fully understand. It all sounds good. Then you line up and get your head beat in every single week. That body don’t feel right. That option is on the table. "It's a great way to close out our 2020 signing class with Jordan Burch deciding to stay home and play for the University of South Carolina. He is a wonderful person and I'm excited that he will be part of the Gamecock family. We really appreciate his mother, Henri, trusting us and sending her son to the in-state school. Jordan is an explosive athlete, extremely smart and versatile player who can do a lot of things on the football field and I can't wait to coach him." Burch committed to South Carolina in December and, despite a late push from LSU, signed with the Gamecocks this week with the news becoming official Thursday night. He enters college as the No. 17 player in the country, the highest player the Gamecocks have signed since Jadeveon Clowney.
  2. Gamecocks rides balance, strong defense in rout of Missouri February 01, 2020, | GCF Staff Report A combination of superior defense and a balanced offense led the Gamecocks to a 76-54 rout of Missouri on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. It was the conclusion to a series of performances that once again has the Gamecocks looking capable of a run to the postseason. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  3. Gamecocks rides balance, strong defense in rout of Missouri February 01, 2020, | GCF Staff Report 54 Missouri 10-11, 2-6 SEC 76 South Carolina 13-8, 5-3 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Missouri 26 28 54 South Carolina 39 37 76 Final Box (PDF) | Box Score Season Stats (PDF) Postgame Media (VIDEO) Next Game: at Ole Miss2/5/2020 | 7 PM SEC Network A combination of superior defense and a balanced offense led the Gamecocks to a 76-54 rout of Missouri on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. It was the conclusion to a series of performances that once again has the Gamecocks looking capable of a run to the postseason. The Gamecocks (13-8, 5-3 SEC) have won five of six, with the latest being a statement of sorts at February’s beginning. Martin said after the game. “We got guys that got pride and I think as we’ve gone through the season, it’s brought them closer together. And it’s allowing us to play pretty well right now.” Missouri (10-11, 2-6) entered as a six-point underdog and its chances lessened before tip-off when it became known starters Jermiah Tilmon and Mark Smith were out with injuries. But the Gamecocks, a team prone to play down to its competition, didn’t give Mizzou much of a chance. The Gamecocks ran out to a 21-8 lead and didn’t look back. Maik Kotsar, with a season-high 21 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, led three players in double figures, and the Tigers were held to 33% shooting. Martin said of his senior forward. “Maik played the best game he’s played in a uniform here 'adding.' Maik’s energy, his toughness, his aggressive was the best I’ve ever seen him play with.” South Carolina hasn’t trailed since the 17:20 mark of the first half of last Saturday’s Vanderbilt win. Missouri, down by as many as 16 in the first half, got within nine at the 10:54 mark of the closing period. But the Tigers, who roared back from 20 down to beat Georgia on Tuesday, were quickly put away with a 9-0 Carolina run. Kotsar said. “We knew they were going to be aggressive and go on runs but thanks to us being locked in on defense, the crowd being there, we were able to stop the run and go on a run ourselves.” It was all fun and games from there. Kotsar got a standing ovation when he exited the game with 4:40 to play. A minute later, Jermaine Couisnard connected with A.J. Lawson for a long alley-oop, sending 14,678 at Colonial Life Arena into frenzy. In mop-up time, freshman walk-on Mike Green banked in a 3-pointer, causing the Gamecock bench to explode. Couisnard said. “It was a great moment for us everybody was happy.” Couisnard had 15 points and six assists. Lawson had 13 and seven rebounds. South Carolina shot better than 50% from the field for a third straight game. ENDS & ODDS Gamecocks took more free throws (32-15) than its opponent for the first time since Dec. 1 against George Washington, a span of 13 games. The Gamecocks dealt with a couple of injury scares. Keyshawn Bryant and Jalyn McCreary spent chunks of time on the exercise bike while Justin Minaya played the second half with a wrap on his shooting hand after suffering an injury in the first. Martin said Bryant and McCreary are dealing with knee injuries lingering issues from before Saturday’s tip-off and Minaya had to have his thumb popped back into place.
  4. Lawson scores 19; South Carolina holds off Arkansas 79-77 Gamecocks led for 37:42 of regulation in fifth true road win of 2019-20 season A.J. Lawson scored 19 points for South Carolina and the Gamecocks never trailed but needed an Arkansas missed 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 79-77 victory on Wednesday night. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  5. USA Today Sports Images BOX SCORE 79 South Carolina 12-8,4-3 SEC 77 Arkansas 15-5,3-4 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 38 41 79 Arkansas 32 45 77 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/29/2020 | By: Eric W. Bolin | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Lawson scores 19; South Carolina holds off Arkansas 79-77 Gamecocks led for 37:42 of regulation in fifth true road win of 2019-20 season Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: Missouri 2/1/2020 | 3:30 PM SEC Network LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A.J. Lawson scored 19 points for South Carolina and the Gamecocks never trailed but needed an Arkansas missed 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 79-77 victory on Wednesday night. The Gamecocks (12-8, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) shot 51% from the field, using their size and strength advantage to the effect of 36 points in the paint. Maik Kotsar, Trae Hannibal and Jair Bolden joined Lawson in double figures, scoring 10, 11 and 12, respectively. Mason Jones finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead Arkansas (15-5, 3-4). Isaiah Joe, who missed Arkansas' win on Saturday against TCU with knee inflammation, came off the bench to add 16 points. The Razorbacks tied the game only once when Jones' driving lay-up and subsequent free throw knotted it at 40-all with about 19 minutes left. South Carolina made five of its next six from the floor and rebuilt its lead to nine. Arkansas pulled to 78-77 on a pair of Jones free throws with 28 seconds to play and had the final possession with 26 seconds left, but Joe missed a 3-point shot from the corner. South Carolina's edge in the inside was more pronounced. Arkansas, which played just one player taller than 6-foot-6, was challenged at the rim and shot just 32% in the first half and 41 % for the game.KEY STATS > The Gamecocks shot 50.9 percent (28-for-55), the team's second straight game shooting greater than 50 percent. Carolina is 61-of-116 (52.6 percent) from the floor its last two SEC games. > South Carolina's bench outscored the Razorback reserves, 37-25. The Gamecocks are 10-2 when their bench outscores their opponents in the 2019-20 season. > Carolina never trailed in tonight's victory, leading for 37:42 of regulation. The Gamecocks were up six at the break and improve to 11-2 this season when leading at halftime.NOTABLES > Sophomore AJ Lawson had his best game in conference play, leading South Carolina with 19 points. His eight made field goals tied a career-high for the ninth time (fourth time this season). > In the past four games, Lawson is 22-for-39 (56.4%) from the field. > Freshman Trae Hannibal scored a career-high 11 points off the bench, all in the second half. > Redshirt junior Jair Bolden led the bench with 12 points (10 in the second half), his 13th game in double figures this season. > Senior Maik Kotsar nearly had his second double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. > Nine different players scored for the Gamecocks in another balanced offensive effort. > Tonight's victory marks South Carolina's third quadrant one win of the season and second on the road. > The Gamecocks, who picked up their first win in Bud Walton Arena since 2016, have now won back-to-back games against the Razorbacks for the first time since the 2008 and 2009 SEC regular seasons.UP NEXT Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to host Missouri at 3:30 p.m. ET. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast vs. the Tigers (10-10, 2-5 SEC).
  6. Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/25/2020 South Carolina Rolls Past Vanderbilt, 90-64 Minaya post second career double-double with 14 points and 12 boards Justin Minaya had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead South Carolina to a 90-64 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night, the Commodores' SEC-record tying 24th straight conference loss. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  7. Allen Sharpe BOX SCORE 64 Vanderbilt 8-11, 0-6 SEC 90 South Carolina 11-8, 3-3 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Vanderbilt 35 29 64 South Carolina 44 46 90 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/25/2020 | By: Pete IacobelliI | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report South Carolina Rolls Past Vanderbilt, 90-64 Minaya post second career double-double with 14 points and 12 boards Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: at Arkansas 1/29/2020 | 8:30 PM SEC Network LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Justin Minaya had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead South Carolina to a 90-64 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night, the Commodores' SEC-record tying 24th straight conference loss. Vanderbilt (8-11, 0-6 Southeastern Conference) matched the league's basketball mark for consecutive lossses set by Sewanee from 1938-40. Sewanee left the SEC after that season. Vanderbilt will look to avoid holding the dubious record alone when it goes to No. 15 Kentucky on Wednesday night. The Commodores have lost 11 straight at Kentucky with their last win their coming in 2007. South Carolina (11-8, 3-3) won its third straight over Vanderbilt and for the third time in four SEC games after opening conference play 0-2. Minaya, the smooth-shooting sophomore, led five players in double figures for South Carolina with his second career double-double. Minaya also had four assists, two steals and a block. The Gamecocks, 10th in SEC field goal percentage coming in, used some on-target shooting to open a double-digit lead in the first half. The Gamecocks made six of seven shots midway through the opening period to stretch a one-point lead into a 31-19 margin with less than seven minutes to the break. Freshman Jalyn McCreary had three baskets during the burst to extend his perfect touch to seven straight over South Carolina's last four games. McCreary, who finished with 11 points, missed his first attempt of the second half to end the streak. But the Gamecocks couldn't stop sending Vanderbilt to the free-throw line. South Carolina committed 18 fouls as the Commodores went 15-of-23 from the line the first 20 minutes. Vanderbilt shot just 12 free throws in the second half. South Carolina coach Frank Martin was so frustrated he picked up a technical foul. The Gamecocks built a 24-point lead in the second half as Vanderbilt could not keep up. AJ Lawson also had 14 points for South Carolina. Saben Lee had 17 points to lead Vanderbilt.KEY STATS > South Carolina shot lights out from the opening tip, finishing the game 33-of-61 (54.1 percent). The Gamecocks shot a blistering 60 percent (18-of-30) from the field the opening 20 minutes. > Eleven different players scored for Carolina, including five in double figures. > The Gamecocks held a 46-18 advantage in bench points and a 44-26 edge in points in the paint over the Commodores.NOTABLES > Redshirt sophomore Justin Minaya had 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for his second career double-double. The Harrington Park, N.J., native, also had a double-double in the season-opening win vs. North Alabama (11/6/19) with 17 points and 11 rebounds. > Freshman Jalyn McCreary had a career-high 11 points in 14 minutes off the bench, marking his first ever game in double figures. > Sophomore AJ Lawson (14), redshirt junior Jair Bolden (13) and sophomore Alanzo Frink (13) also joined Minaya and McCreary in double figures. Frink's 13 were a career high and marked his fifth game scoring 10 or more this season. He went 5-for-5 at the free throw line. > The Gamecocks' 44 points in the paint were a season-high in league play and the team's most since scoring 52 inside during a road win at UMASS (12/4/19) earlier in the season. > Carolina had 20 assists by nine different players. Freshman Trae Hannibal led the team with a career-high five helpers and no turnovers. > The Gamecocks improve to 58-2 in the Frank Martin era the past eight seasons (2012/13-Present) when scoring 80 or more.UP NEXT South Carolina is back on the road on Wednesday when it travels to face Arkansas (15-4, 3-3 SEC) in Fayetteville. Tip time is set for 8:30 p.m. ET at Bud Walton Arena, with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Andy Kennedy (analyst) on the call for the SEC Network Broadcast.
  8. Cambridge lifts No. 16 Auburn over South Carolina, 80-67 Couisnard (16) and Minaya (14) lead four Gamecocks in double figures against Tigers Devan Cambridge scored 26 points, J'Von McCormick added 13 and No. 16 Auburn beat South Carolina 80-67 Wednesday night to stop a two-game skid. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. BOX SCORE 67 South Carolina 10-8,2-3 SEC 80 Auburn 16-2,4-2 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 31 36 67 Auburn 39 41 80 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/22/2020 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Cambridge lifts No. 16 Auburn over South Carolina, 80-67 Couisnard (16) and Minaya (14) lead four Gamecocks in double figures against Tigers Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) WATCH: FRANK MARTIN POSTGAME Next Game: Vanderbilt 1/25/2020 | 8 PM SEC Network LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Devan Cambridge scored 26 points, J'Von McCormick added 13 and No. 16 Auburn beat South Carolina 80-67 Wednesday night to stop a two-game skid. The Tigers started off sluggish but ran away with it down the stretch due in large part to hot shooting off the bench. Auburn (16-2, 4-2 SEC) had to lean on its role players after the starters went a combined 1 of 10 from the field out of the gate. Auburn shot 46%, including 14 of 27 in the second half, and outscored South Carolina 38-16 in bench points. The Tigers also shot 86% from the free-throw line, finishing 18 of 21. Three Tigers finished in double figures with Samir Doughty adding 11. South Carolina (10-8, 2-3) played without starting forward Keyshawn Bryant on the front line who was out with a head injury, but were only outrebounded by four. The Gamecocks got out to an early lead when the Tigers came out cold from the field but quickly saw their lead vanish after a barrage of 3-pointers from Cambridge and Jamal Johnson just before halftime. After a 7-0 run cut the Auburn lead to single digits out of the intermission, the Tigers used a 19-4 run to stretch their lead to 77-57 and put the Gamecocks all but away before the 7:00 mark. Auburn finished the game 10 of 27 from 3, and scored 16 points off of 12 South Carolina turnovers.Jermaine Couisnard led the Gamecocks with 16 points and Justin Minaya added 14.KEY STATS > In a back-and-forth game with runs on both sides, Auburn took control with a 19-4 push to take a 77-57 lead with 7:14 to play. The Tigers opened the second half 14-of-22 (63.8%) from the field while on their big run. > The Gamecocks shot it well overall but were just 6-of-21 (28.6%) from behind the arc.NOTABLES > Redshirt freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard logged his fourth straight SEC game in double figures leading the team with 16 points. > Redshirt sophomore Justin Minaya followed up a career-best effort at Texas A&M with 14 points tonight against the Tigers. He was 6-of-12 from the field and also pulled down seven rebounds. > Sophomore AJ Lawson (11) and redshirt junior Jair Bolden (10 – all in the second half) joined Couisnard and Minaya in double figures. > For the second straight game, senior Maik Kotsar led Carolina in rebounds (8) and assists (5).UP NEXT After a two-game road swing, Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to host Vanderbilt (8-9, 0-4 SEC) at 8 p.m. ET. The matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Joe Kleine (analyst) on the call.
  10. Travis Bell BOX SCORE 79 #9/9 Mississippi St 16-3 (4-1 SEC) 81 #1/2 South Carolina 18-1 (6-0 SEC) Score By Periods Team 1 2 3 4 F #9/9 Mississippi St 13 29 23 14 79 #1/2 South Carolina 22 21 19 19 81 Game Recap: Women's Basketball | 1/20/2020 | By PETE IACOBELLI | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report South Carolina Outfights No. 9 Mississippi St 81-79 Next Game: at Georgia 1/26/2020 | 3:00 PM 107.5 The Game LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY Box Score (PDF) COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Down nine points in the fourth quarter and close to getting run out of her building, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley didn't panic. Her top-ranked Gamecocks wouldn't let her. Tyasha Harris had a season-high 23 points and the Gamecocks rallied in the final period to win their 12th straight with a 81-79 victory over No. 9 Mississippi State on Monday night. Staley called time out after South Carolina trailed 71-62 with eight minutes to go and quickly saw her players were locked in and eager to turn things around. "Everybody was really positive in that time out," Staley said. "So I'm like, we got a shot. We've got a shot to come back because they believe.'" Harris and the Gamecocks put that belief into action, snapping off a 12-2 run to get them back into the game. Zia Cooke made a three-point play and a basket, both which put the Gamecocks (18-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) back in front. JaMya Mingo-Young had consecutive shots as Mississippi State (17-3, 4-1) built a 79-76 lead with 3:28 to go. But the Bulldogs missed their final five shots. Mississippi State had several chances to go in front, but Rickea Jackson and Jordan Danberry both missed shots to put the Bulldogs back in front in the final two minutes. Cooke closed it with her steal of an inbounds pass with 4 seconds left and ran out the clock. "Let's catch it," Cooke thought as the ball came her way. "And then I need to run away from her so she can't catch me and end it." Harris scored the final five points for the Gamecocks, who got a sixth victory in seven meetings with a Top-25 opponent this season. South Carolina freshman Aliyah Boston had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Mississippi State looked like it might beat its second straight No. 1 opponent - the first came when it famously ended UConn's 111-game win streak at the 2017 national semifinals - as it took that nine-point lead in the final period. But the Gamecocks got their big run to move back in front on Cooke's three-point play. "They are No. 1," Mississippi State coach Vic Schaeffer said. "But we're not far behind." Indeed, it's likely these teams might match up again at the SEC Tournament in Greenville, S.C., come March, then perhaps a final team in the Final Four as they did in 2017 when South Carolina won the the title over Mississippi State. Mingo-Young, a freshman who tied her career high with 14 points, was confident the Bulldogs would learn and recover from their missed chance. "We'll figure this thing out," she said. Jackson and Danberry had 16 points each to lead the Bulldogs, who saw their eight-game win streak snapped. South Carolina came out fast, as it has all season, with seniors Harris and Herbert Harrigan steadily helping the team to a 33-21 lead with less than seven minutes left to the half. That's when the defending SEC champion Bulldogs dug in to tighten things up with a 21-10 surge to cut South Carolina's double-digit lead to 43-42 at the break. Xaria Wiggins scored all eight of her first-half points in that stretch while Jackson had a three-point play and another bucket. By the time Danberry shoveled a pass to 6-foot-5 Promise Taylor for a close-in basket with 3.2 seconds to go, the Bulldogs were within a point and running into the locker room with cheers and smiles. GAMECHANGER Entering the fourth down 65-62, the Gamecocks locked in defensively and held the Bulldogs to 37.5 percent from the field after Mississippi State had shot 52.9 percent through the first three quarters. KEY STAT The Gamecocks used their speed to generate 22 fast break points, nearly four times the six such points by Mississippi State. NOTABLES The 18-1 start for Carolina is the best start to a season since the 2015-16 squad opened its season with 22 straight wins. The Gamecocks snapped Mississippi State's 14-game road winning streak, which was tied for the longest in the nation heading into tonight. Carolina now has three wins over teams ranked in the AP top 10, and six wins over top-25 teams. Tyasha Harris finished with a season-best 23 points and seven assists, putting her just five assists away from the all-time program record (615). Aliyah Boston notched her second straight double-double with a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds. It's the freshman's fourth double-double since SEC play started. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan poured in 14 points, putting her over 1,000 points for her career. She also pulled down six rebounds and blocked two shots. Zia Cooke continued her hot scoring streak in SEC play with 13 points. The freshman also had the clutch play of the night as she swiped the Bulldogs' inbound pass with six seconds left to play, securing the win. This is the first game in which two Gamecocks scored 20 or more points since Harris and Herbert Harrigan did it against Arkansas in the 2019 SEC Tournament (March 8, 2019). UP NEXT The Gamecocks (18-1, 6-0 SEC) face another set of Bulldogs on Sunday when they travel to Athens for a clash with Georgia. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. on the SEC Network.
  11. BOX SCORE 81 South Carolina 10-7,2-2 SEC 67 Texas A&M 8-8,2-3 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 39 42 81 Texas A&M 33 34 67 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/18/2020 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report South Carolina uses 3-ball to down Texas A&M, 81-67 Gamecocks tie school record with 16 3s, hitting 10 triples in second half alone Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: at Auburn 1/22/2020 | 7 PM ESPN2/U LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Jair Bolden scored 19 points and South Carolina defeated Texas A&M 81-67 on Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks made 16-of-30 of their 3-point attempts (53.3%), in keeping the Aggies at arms' length for most of the second part of the second half. The Aggies, one of the nation's worst 3-point shooting teams, finished 3-of-14 from 3-point range (21.4%), in failing to keep up with South Carolina down the stretch. The Gamecocks (10-7, 2-2 SEC) led 39-33 at halftime thanks to 10 points each from Justin Minaya and Bolden over the first 20 minutes. The Aggies (8-8, 2-3) briefly grabbed a lead at 49-48 nearly midway through the second half before the Gamecocks reclaimed the lead for good, primarily thanks to the long shot (10 of 18 from the 3-point line in the second half). Minaya added 18 points and Jermaine Couisnard chipped in 17 for the Gamecocks, and South Carolina also held a 38-27 rebounding edge. One sequence with a little more than seven minutes remaining summed up South Carolina's effort: The Gamecocks missed five consecutive shots, two jump shots and three layups, on the same possession, but followed each with an offensive rebound. Couisnard rewarded his teammates' hustle with a 3-pointer from the right corner to cap the flurry of misses and rebounds, and lift South Carolina to a 63-55 lead. Josh Nebo led the Aggies with 18 points.KEY STATS > The Gamecocks tied a school record making 16-of-30 (53.3%) shots from behind the 3-point line. Carolina was 10-of-18 (55.6%) from deep in the second half alone. The Gamecocks made 16 3s in a 84-77 win at home over the Aggies last season on Feb. 16, 2019 and 16 triples in a 92-52 home win against Campbell on Nov. 28, 2007. > Carolina matched a season-high previously set in an 84-80 win at UMASS with 22 assists (T-4th most in a single game in Martin's tenure with the Gamecocks). > Defensively, South Carolina held Texas A&M without a field goal the final 4:22 of the contest.NOTABLES > After not playing in a win over No. 10 Kentucky earlier in the week, redshirt junior Jair Bolden bounced back in a big way with a team-high 19 points off the bench. He played 34 minutes and knocked down a career-high five 3s on seven attempts from downtown. > Redshirt sophomore Justin Minaya had one of the best games of his career to date with 18 points (career high), eight rebounds and five assists. He played all 40 minutes, becoming the first Gamecock since former standout Duane Notice (2/21/15 vs. Texas A&M) to stay on the court the entire game. > Redshirt freshman Jermaine Couisnard continued to roll with 17 points in just his second career start. > Sophomore AJ Lawson added 13 points thanks to four 3s. He was limited to just 16 minutes due to foul trouble. > Senior Maik Kotsar led the team with 10 rebounds and a career-high seven assists. > With the victory today, South Carolina improves to 4-1 in true road contest this season. > In eight seasons under head coach Frank Martin since 2012-13, the Gamecocks improve to 57-2 when scoring 80 or more points (4-0 this season).UP NEXT Carolina is back on the road next Wednesday when it travels to face No. 4/4 Auburn (15-2, 3-2 SEC). Tip time at Auburn Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET with Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Andy Kennedy (analyst) on the call for the ESPNU broadcast.
  12. Can and how Jermaine Couisnard’s heroics against Kentucky could pay-off for Carolina Jan. 17, 2020, | Jan. 17, 2020 Jermaine Couisnard delivered an opening statement message after the win over Kentucky, as he settled behind a microphone and took command. Couisnard said. “First of all,” he said, “we want to thank all the Gamecock fans for coming out tonight.” (VIEW ARTICLE)
  13. Can and how Jermaine Couisnard’s heroics against Kentucky could pay-off for Carolina Jan. 17, 2020, | Jan. 17, 2020 Jermaine Couisnard delivered an opening statement message after the win over Kentucky, as he settled behind a microphone and took command. Couisnard said. “First of all,” he said, “we want to thank all the Gamecock fans for coming out tonight.” An announced crowd of 18,000 good for Colonial Life Arena’s 16th sellout in building history saw the home team knock off No. 10 Kentucky, 81-78, when Couisnard’s 30-footer banked in at the buzzer. The shot producing points 24, 25 and 26 of Couisnard’s night led to chaos. Couisnard ran to one corner of the floor while his teammates chased him, caught him and mobbed him while USC students tried their best to get by security and join in on the celebration. Everyone wanted a piece of the redshirt freshman, a 6-foot-4, 211-pound guard who was suddenly Big Man on Campus. When Couisnard wrapped a courtside interview with SEC Network, a row of students hung over chair-back seats to slap him five. He dapped up all of them. A star was born? Maybe. A team leader emerged? That’s maybe more like it. Frank Martin’s season-long quest for a player to take ownership of the Gamecocks and guide them through adversity could be nearing its end now. Couisnard, though low in experience, proved publicly Wednesday what Martin’s long known he’s been capable of. Martin had this to say after the big upset. “Jermaine’s becoming the heartbeat of our team,” Such a statement is the kind Martin makes when he senses a player showing the toughness and aggressiveness he demands. Past Gamecocks to earn that description include Chris Silva, Sindarius Thornwell and Michael Carrera. Couisnard is now trending toward that honored company after turning the corner on an inconsistent beginning to his year. Good games like Garnder-Webb (16 points) and UMass (16 points) were mixed in with spotty performances as seen against Houston (1 of 11 shooting) and Wichita State (six turnovers). Martin also said. “Jermaine is learning how to play college basketball” His feelings were hurt in November because it’s harder than he thought it was going to be. And then the ball wasn’t going in for him. So he got a little timid and passive. “Leading into Christmas, he was really starting to play better. I probably should have started him at Tennessee.” Since missing the Florida loss with a back strain, Couisnard has 41 points and five assists. The Tennessee performance he scored six of USC’s final 11 in a one-point loss in Knoxville which in turn earned him the first start of his young career. It was Couisnard not A.J. Lawson or Jair Bolden who was the point guard on one end against Kentucky and drawing the Ashton Hagans assignment on the other. In what could be South Carolina’s most physical matchup of the year, Couisnard lasted 34 minutes — more than any other Wildcat or Gamecock. He saved 14 points of his points for the final 11 minutes, showing the kind of offensive potential he teased at last summer’s SC Pro-Am event. Couisnard took 22 shots, the most by a South Carolina player this season. He made nine, none more important than the last. The heave from beyond the top of the key came after Kentucky’s Immanuel Quickley had knotted the game at 78 with 4.1 seconds left. Martin said it was the “right guy” taking it. Carolina forward Keyshawn Bryant said there was no doubt it was going in. Bryant followed it up by saying. “He was hot the whole game,” The Gamecocks next game is tomorrow, Saturday with a 1:00pm tip-off at Texas A&M (8-7, 2-2 SEC). How can the Gamecocks (9-7, 1-2) avoid reverting back to the team that entered Wednesday on a three-game skid? Perhaps they just follow Couisnard. He’s been preparing for this challenge. Couisnard said “I feel like it’s my job. Because last year, I was sitting out and I was just watching Chris Silva and learning from him and seeing what he was doing in giving players confidence. So that’s why I try to do.” Martin said this in closing. “Jermaine’s taking ownership of our team,” As a coach, I probably should have given him more ownership a little sooner than I did.”
  14. No. 1 South Carolina downs Missouri Jan. 17, 2020 Aliyah Boston and Victaria Saxon each had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 1 South Carolina to a 78-45 victory over Missouri on Thursday night. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  15. BOX SCORE 78 #1/2 South Carolina 17-1, 5-0 SEC 45 Mizzou 4-14, 1-4 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 3 4 F #1/2 South Carolina 12 23 24 19 78 Mizzou 7 10 14 14 45 Game Recap: Women's Basketball | 1/16/2020 | By JOE WALLJASPER | From USC SPORTS INFORMATION | GCF Staff Report No. 1 South Carolina downs Missouri Associated Press Next Game: Mississippi State 1/20/2020 | 7:00 PM 107.5 The Game LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE WATCH LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY Box Score (PDF) COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Aliyah Boston and Victaria Saxon each had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 1 South Carolina to a 78-45 victory over Missouri on Thursday night. Zia Cooke and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored 14 each for the Gamecocks (17-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), who played their first game since taking over the top spot in the AP Top 25. South Carolina exploited its size advantage, grabbing 37 offensive rebounds and holding a 62-31 edge in total rebounds. Aijha Blackwell scored 13 points to lead the Tigers (4-14, 1-4). Missouri shot just 27.3%. After a sluggish start, the Gamecocks started to pull away in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 18-3 in the last six minutes of the first half for a 35-17 lead. Defensively, the Gamecocks blocked eight shots. They smothered Amber Smith, who leads Missouri in scoring by averaging 13 points. Smith didn't score until the final minute of the third quarter and finished with four points on 1-of-8 shooting. South Carolina's Tyasha Harris finished with 11 points and five assists and became the second player in program history to surpass 1,000 points and 600 assists in a career. She joined Cristina Ciocan, who accomplished the feat from 2000-04. GAMECHANGER After struggling to find an offensive rhythm in the first quarter, the Gamecocks turned it on in the second, closing the half on an 18-3 run over the final 6:01 to take a 35-17 lead into halftime. KEY STAT The Gamecocks dominated the glass on Thursday, out-rebounding the Tigers 62-31. The 62 rebounds ties the second-highest total under Staley, and the plus-31 margin ties the third largest margin since Staley took over in Columbia. NOTABLES The Gamecocks stifled Missouri in the opening quarter, holding the Tigers to seven points, the eighth time Carolina has held an opponent to single digits in the opening frame. Carolina improved to 5-0 in SEC with the win, the best start in conference play for the Garnet and Black since the 2016-17 squad notched an 8-0 start. The Gamecocks controlled the boards all night, pulling down 62, tied for the second highest total under coach Staley, and out-rebounding by 31. The 25 offensive rebounds tallied by Carolina is a season high. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan tied for game-high honors with 14 points. She is now 11 points away from joining the 1,000-point club. Zia Cooke also tied for game-high honors with 14 points. The freshman has either led or tied for the team high in scoring in every SEC game this season. Tyasha Harris poured in 11 points and dished out five assists, pushing her career total to 603. Harris is now one of two players in program history to score 1,000 points and tally 600 assists. Aliyah Boston earned her seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Victaria Saxton finished with the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brea Beal had a quiet night offensively, but the freshman pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds. This is the first game in which three Gamecocks cracked double figures in rebounding since A'ja Wilson, Alaina Coates and Sarah Imovbioh did it against Ohio State (Nov. 13, 2015). UP NEXT The Gamecocks (17-1, 5-0 SEC) return to Columbia for a showdown against No. 10/9 Mississippi State on Mon., Jan. 20. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena, and the game airs live on ESPN 2.
  16. Here we go again this time the real deal? Jan. 20, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Yes, hope is back. The question arises, is this turning point? Will the Gamecocks make it this year to the big dance? Wait a minute we been here before. Like, yes right after the big win over a top 10 Virginia on there home court. After the win last time Gamecock fans got that giddy feeling. Let's look back at Dec. 22 in Charlottesville. That was the afternoon when USC shocked then-No. 9 Virginia, you might remember the narratives then how Carolina had finally recovered from its early struggles and was now the team many around here expected it to be in the preseason. NCAA Tournament talk was back. The Gamecocks were back. But, yes Stetson happened. And then Florida happened. And Tennessee happened. The first loss was inexcusable, the second came not at full-strength and the third was heartbreaking. It was the kind of skid that made the Virginia win seem like a fluke. Maybe the Cavaliers weren’t that good (they’re 2-3 since the USC game) or maybe the Gamecocks peaked before Christmas. Wednesday night was a reminder. Here we go again! It's here in the forefront come Saturday with a trip to Texas A&M (8-7, 2-2). The last South Carolina season that included wins over two different top 10 teams was way back in 1996-97 which did end in the NCAA Tournament. Before we yell out here that history will repeat itself, let’s take a step back and be patient. This last month has taught us as much. But maybe now with Couisnard on hand, Maybe he is the magic to stir the pot and make it happen and once and for all put this time on the upper level to go to the big dance. Martin said Wednesday night. “We got 15 more to play, man.” 15 more chance to take the Gamecocks dancing in March. What has changed from the last top 10 win? Jermaine Cousinard could make the difference here. Reasons for optimism that post-Kentucky will be better than post-Virginia start with Couisnard. The redshirt freshman from East Chicago has emerged as the Martin-approved “personality” on this team, the Sindarius Thornwell-type (the key here) that can combine skill with toughness and be an extension of his hard-nosed coach on the court. The last big trip was with Sindarius Thornwell leading the way to a final 4 trip. A brief look back to Wednesday night. The Gamecocks rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and upset the nation’s 10th-ranked team when Jermaine’s Cousinard’s30-footer fell at the buzzer. The dramatic 81-78 victory snapped a three-game losing streak, gave the Gamecocks (9-7 overall) their first SEC win in three tries and improved Martin’s record against the Hall of Famer Calipari to 3-7. All of this is good. But basking in all of this for too long is dangerous when you consider what happened after the last win over a top 10 team. Couisnard said. “I feel like we just got to be more consistent. We can’t just play down to the competition. We got to stay up high.” More on Couisnard. He flashed his potential at the end of the Tennessee game and was rewarded with his first career start against Kentucky. He took advantage by scoring 26 points the most by any Gamecock in a regular-season SEC game since Chris Silva’s 28 against the No. 1 Volunteers last January and making a series of clutch plays down the stretch. Remember he was the sixth man at UVa. Now he’s the starting point guard, Martin’s third in 16 games. That position of frustration once seemed settled after A.J. Lawson took it over from Jair Bolden in early December and the Gamecocks beat Clemson and the Cavaliers. But poor backcourt performances against Stetson and Florida forced Martin to tweak again. To start with Couisnard isn’t your conventional point guard his 22 shots Wednesday are the most by any Gamecock this season but his natural, aggressive style sets the offensive tone Martin seeks and loves. Sophomore forward Keyshawn Bryant added. “We try to make ourselves known as a fast-break team. We get up and down quickly and got more fast-break points with him at the point.” Couisnard on Wednesday led the way for a whole slew of new characters who contributing to a top 10 win: ▪ Jalyn McCreary didn’t play against Virginia. He scored six points and had three rebounds in 12 minutes against Kentucky. ▪ T.J. Moss didn’t score against Virginia. He had 10 points and three assists against Kentucky. ▪ Alanzo Frink didn’t score against Virginia. He had six points and five rebounds against Kentucky. ▪ Bryant was in his third game back from injury against Virginia. In his eighth against Kentucky, he had a season-high 15 points. What did the Virginia heroes’ contribute to Wednesday night top 10 win over Kentucky: On the flip side, Bolden, Lawson and Maik Kotsar all heroes in their own way in Charlottesville contributed five points against the Wildcats. Bolden, named SEC player of the week for his efforts at UVa, was a healthy scratch Wednesday. The adjustments keep coming and there’s no telling which will stick. Martin said. “Too many people pass judgment after every day. We signed up to play 31 games. Our job is to be the best team that we can be when we will play game 31. “I think we’re starting to figure that part out.”
  17. Here we go again this time the real deal? Jan. 20, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Yes, hope is back. The question arises, is this turning point? Will the Gamecocks make it this year to the big dance? Wait a minute we been here before. Like, yes right after the big win over a top 10 Virginia on there home court. After the win last time Gamecock fans got that giddy feeling. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  18. Travis Bell BOX SCORE 78 Kentucky 12-4, 3-1 SEC 81 South Carolina 9-7, 1-2 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Kentucky 33 45 78 South Carolina 25 56 81 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/15/2020 | By: Pete IacobelliI | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Couisnard Sinks Buzzer Beater to Knockoff No. 10 Kentucky, 81-78 Redshirt freshman scored career-high 26 points, including 15 over the final 11:39 Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) WATCH: POSTGAME MEDIA Next Game: at Texas A&M 1/18/2020 | 1 PM SEC Network LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Freshman Jermaine Couisnard hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded and South Carolina rallied from 14 points down in the second half to stun No. 10 Kentucky 81-78 on Wednesday night. Couisnard had a career-high 26 points, including his game-winner that banked in for the Gamecocks (9-7, 1-2 Southeastern Conference). When it went through the net, Couisnard and his teammates ran around the court in celebration as the fans errupted in cheers. Moments earlier, Immanuel Quickly banked home a shot with 4.1 seconds to go that tied things at 78. Quickly led Kentucky (12-4, 3-1) with 20 points. Keyshawn Bryant scored 15 points for the Gamecocks, who had four players in double figures. Kentucky led by 14 less than five minutes into the second half and was still up 54-41 on EJ Montgomery's two foul shots with 11:41 left. That's when Justin Minaya started a 27-14 run over the next seven minutes that ended with Couisnard's basket off the glass to tie things at 68-all. After Ashton Hagans put Kentucky up again with two foul shots, Minaya answered with a 3-pointer that sent the crowd into pandemonium. Minaya added two more baskets between a drive by A.J. Lawson and South Carolina was ahead 76-71 with 1:46 to go. Kentucky tied it a final time on Quickly's jumper after Lawson missed two foul shots with a chance to seal the game. South Carolina ended a three-game losing streak against Kentucky. The Gamecocks past five wins over the Wildcats since 2009 have all come at Colonial Life Arena. It was impossible to imagine South Carolina winning after an awful first half where it missed its first 10 shots and was shooting less than 25 percent from the field. KEY STATS > The Gamecocks shot lights out in the second half, shooting 55.6 percent (20-for-36 FGs, 5-for-9 3FGs) from the floor while outscoring the Wildcats, 56-45. > After trailing by 13, 54-41, with 11:39 to play in the game, South Carolina outscored Kentucky 40-24 the remainder of the game led by 15 points from Couisnard.NOTABLES > Redshirt freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard not only hit the game-winning shot on a buzzer beater, but he also scored a season best 26 points behind nine made field goals, including four 3-pointers. > Redshirt freshman guard TJ Moss scored 10 points and dished out three assists in 23 minutes of action in the win over the Wildcats. His 10 points marked a season high. > The Gamecocks committed just nine turnovers in the game, their fewest since also committing nine vs. Houston on Dec. 8 earlier this season. > Sophomore forward Keyshawn Bryant hit six baskets for a season-high 15 points in tonight's win over the Wildcats. > Carolina held the advantage in all specialty stats, outscoring UK 34-26 in points in the paint, 19-9 in points off of turnovers, 16-10 in second-chance points and 10-8 in fast-break points. > The Gamecocks scored 56 points in the final 20 minutes, marking the team's first time scoring 50-plus in half since an 85-79 win vs. Coastal Carolina on Nov. 30, 2018. > Tonight marked Carolina's first victory of the season when trailing at halftime. > With tonight's win, head coach Frank Martin is now 33-44 (.429) against ranked teams as a head coach.UP NEXT Carolina will play its next two contests on the road, beginning with this Saturday's matchup at Texas A&M (8-7, 2-2 SEC). Tip for the contest is set for 1 p.m. ET, with Richard Cross (play-by-play) and Barry Booker (analyst) on the call for the SEC Network broadcast from College Station.
  19. Gamecocks Cruise Past Vanderbilt 93-57 Jan. 13, 2020 The fourth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks made sure they wouldn't be joining the growing list of upsets in women's basketball. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  20. Martin said " I'm ecstatic hear about Chris Silva’s new deal Jan. 13, 2020, | GCF Staff Report The Miami Heat have decided to scrap Chris Silva’s two-way deal with the G League and award him a three-year contract to remain fully on the Heat. The Miami Herald reported the news about the rookie and South Carolina star Monday morning. Martin said. “I’m ecstatic“ No one deserves it more than Chris because of how much he cares, the human being he is, the amount of work he’s put in and how he has sacrificed to help others.” Silva, who went undrafted, is averaging 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 30 games this season.
  21. Gamecock still in search for a point guard Jan. 13, 2020, | GCF Staff Report The Gamecocks could have a new player handling the bulk of its point guard minutes Wednesday against No. 10 Kentucky and it’s mostly because Jermaine Couisnard represents to Frank Martin everything that position’s been lacking this season. Marin said. “Personality, fearlessness, aggression.” The Gamecocks now are 8-7, 0-2 SEC have started both Jair Bolden and A.J. Lawson at point guard in 2019-20, producing a few highs, but some very recent lows. Next up could be Couisnard, a 6-foot-4, 211-pounder from outside Chicago who might not fit the ideal profile for a point guard, but he’s got the intangibles to potentially give the team a boost from that position. Martin on Monday compared Couisnard’s approach to what Sindarius Thornwell gave the Gamecocks as a freshman. Martin said the following. “He’s a guy that when he’s played point it’s to go get a shot, not run a team. But he’s probably got the best understanding of what I want and the loudest voice and the most aggressive game of all our guards. “So that option’s on the table right now.” The Gamecocks are on a three-game losing streak and in dire need of a spark. Couisnard, who missed the middle game of the skid (Florida) with a back strain, returned against Tennessee and scored 15 points, 11 more than Bolden and Lawson combined. Carolina’s sixth man for now leads the team in assists (2.6) and is fourth in scoring (9.0). Redshirt freshman guard T.J. Moss. “He can bring more aggression at (point guard), he’s a pretty strong guy. He got downhill a lot against Tennessee.” That was by design as Martin wanted Couisnard to take advantage of his defensive matchup against Charleston native and former five-star recruit Josiah-Jordan James. Couisnard said. “(Martin) saw that I was attacking the rim, and then he just drew up stuff for me to keep attacking the rim because they didn’t want to foul.” Couisnard finished with a career-high 17 field goal attempts. Martin closed it out by saying. “Jermaine’s not running away from a single challenge. He’s not. And I’m not saying that the other guys run away from it. I just need them to be more aggressive at running to the challenge rather than standing there and hoping somebody else does. If guys were running away from it, we wouldn’t be that close. We wouldn’t have done some of the good that we’ve already done this year. “But we got too many guys standing around, hoping somebody else does it. And Jermaine doesn’t care. Jermaine’s like, ‘Where are we going? There? Come on, let’s go.’ And whatever’s coming, coming, and he’s ready to deal with it.”
  22. BOX SCORE 93 #4/5 South Carolina 16-1,4-0 SEC 57 Vanderbilt 12-5,2-2 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 3 4 F #4/5 South Carolina 21 17 36 19 93 Vanderbilt 9 15 14 19 57 Game Recap: Women's Basketball | 1/12/2020 7:05:00 PM | By TERESA M. WALKER Gamecocks Cruise Past Vanderbilt 93-57 Next Game: at Missouri 1/16/2020 | 8:30 PM LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY Box Score (PDF) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The fourth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks made sure they wouldn't be joining the growing list of upsets in women's basketball. Zia Cooke scored 17 points to lead five in double figures and South Carolina routed Vanderbilt 93-57 on Sunday to position the Gamecocks for a possible move up to No. 1 for the first time this season. "It's really important especially when you're playing on the road in an SEC territory to be as close to who you are as possible, and I thought our team did that," South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. " Top-ranked UConn lost to Baylor on Thursday night. No. 2 Oregon lost to Arizona State on Friday night, and Arizona State upset No. 3 Oregon State 55-47 earlier Sunday. The Gamecocks (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) came in and simply dominated from the start on their way to a 10th straight win. They improved to 12-2 against Vanderbilt under Staley, including all six at Memorial Gym in this stretch. They've also won their first four in league play for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. "There's obviously a reason they're a national championship contender year in and year out," Vanderbilt coach Stephanie White said. "I think this is one of the single most talented teams that Dawn's had, which is really scary. Athletic, they were clicking on all cylinders, and they just have the ability to come out in waves and make runs, and that's what they did." Mikiah Herbert Harrigan added 15 points for South Carolina. Laeticia Amikhere had 11, and Tyasha Harris and Aliyah Boston added 10 each. Chelsie Hall scored 15 points to lead Vanderbilt (12-5, 2-2). Mariella Fasoula added 12. The Gamecocks opened the game scoring the first nine points, and they finished with a 12-3 run for a 21-9 lead after the first quarter. But Vanderbilt had won seven of its last eight despite losing leading scorer Brinae Alexander to an Achilles injury on Nov. 28. That streak included the Commodores' first win at Georgia since 2011 on Thursday night. The Commodores went on a 12- 2 spurt of their own and pulled within 27-24 on a layup by Mariella Fasoula with 3:06 to go in the second. Vanderbilt didn't score again the rest of the quarter, and South Carolina responded by scoring 11 straight for a 38-24 lead at halftime. The Gamecocks picked up in the third where they left off, and Cooke's 3 with 8:03 left capped a 21-point spurt that left South Carolina up 48-24. South Carolina outscored Vanderbilt 36-14 in the quarter and led 74-38 going into the fourth. Staley said the Gamecocks regrouped at halftime and started playing faster, making quicker decisions along with some defensive adjustments on handling ball screens better. "We grouped at halftime and took it to another level," Staley said. "That is what pretty good teams should do, and I thought our team did that today." GAMECHANGER After Vanderbilt closed to with three at 27-24 late in the second quarter, South Carolina sped up the game to close the half on an 11-0 run and opened the third with a 16-2 surge to put the game away. KEY STAT The Gamecocks shot 75.0 percent (12-of-16) from the field in the third quarter and went to the free throw line 11 times, hitting 10, to open the second half. They out-scored the Commodores 36-14 in the period. NOTABLES Carolina held the Commodores to nine first quarter points. This is the seventh time this season where the Garnet and Black held an opponent to single digits in the opening quarter. This is the seventh 90+ point game for the Gamecocks this season, the most since the 2016-17 squad tallied eight of them. The program record for 90+ point games in a season is held by the 1978-79 team that amassed nine such games. It is the program-record fourth 90-point SEC game of the season. The Gamecocks' 36 third-quarter points matched their highest scoring quarter of the season. Zia Cooke led the Gamecocks in scoring for the fourth-straight game, notching 17 points, 12 of which came in the third quarter. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan had her best game in conference play this season with 15 points, four rebounds and two blocks. With 179 career blocks she now has sole possession of third place on the all-time blocks list at Carolina. Laeticia Amihere poured in 11 points off the bench for her second double-figure scoring game in SEC play. Tyasha Harris tallied 10 points and dished out six assists, moving her into second place all-time at Carolina with 598 career assists. Aliyah Boston rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points to go with her team-high eight rebounds and three blocks. UP NEXT The Gamecocks (16-1, 4-0 SEC) head west to the other Columbia in the SEC for a showdown with the Missouri Tigers (4-13, 1-3 SEC). Tipoff is set for 8:30 ET and the game airs live on the SEC Network.
  23. BOX SCORE 55 South Carolina 8-7,0-2 SEC 56 Tennessee 10-5,2-1 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 26 29 55 Tennessee 25 31 56 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/11/2020 3:39:00 PM | By: Steve Megargee | Associated Press | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Tennessee ekes out 56-55 victory over South Carolina Gamecocks have chance to win it on last possession but fall short Story Links WATCH: FRANK MARTIN POSTGAME FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: Kentucky 1/15/2020 | 6:30 PM SEC Network LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Fulkerson had 15 points and 10 rebounds and drew a game-clinching charge with 1.4 seconds left as Tennessee edged South Carolina 56-55 on Saturday. South Carolina (8-7, 0-2 SEC) had the ball in the closing seconds with a chance to take the lead, but AJ Lawson drove into Fulkerson in the lane and was called for the offensive foul. Tennessee (10-5, 2-1) threw a long pass that Jordan Bowden caught while staying inbounds to run out the clock. Lawson, who entered the day with a team-leading 15.2 points per game, had just four points Saturday and missed all seven of his field-goal attempts. Santiago Vescovi had 13 points and Josiah-Jordan James had 10 for Tennessee. South Carolina's Maik Kotsar had 17 and Jermaine Couisnard had 15. Tennessee led 56-53 and had possession in the final minute, but Lawson stole the ball from Vescovi and hit a pair of free throws with 36.5 seconds left to cut the lead to 56-55. Bowden missed a 3-pointer on the Vols' next possession, but the ball went out of bounds off South Carolina with 10.4 seconds left. Tennessee then missed a desperation attempt as the shot clock expired, giving South Carolina one last chance that ended with the Lawson charge. The narrow victory ended Tennessee's recent road woes. Tennessee entered Saturday having lost three of its last four games at Thompson-Boling Arena, a stretch that followed a 31-game home winning streak. The Vols owned the nation's longest active Division I home winning streak before losing 51-47 to No. 13 Memphis. Tennessee beat Jacksonville State in its next home game but followed that with home losses to Wisconsin and LSU. Tennessee regained its homecourt edge Saturday despite shooting just 25.9% (14 of 54) from the floor and 19.4% (6 of 31) from 3-point range. South Carolina shot just 32.8% (20 of 61) overall and 15.4% (2 of 13) from beyond the arc. The difference came at the foul line. Tennessee shot 22 of 28 on free-throw attempts, including 14 of 16 in the second half. South Carolina went 7 of 15 in the second half and 13 of 22 for the game. It was apparent pretty early that points would be at a premium. Each team had more turnovers than baskets in the first half. Tennessee took a 7-0 lead in the first 90 seconds of the game and then went nearly 10 1/2 minutes before making its next basket. Tennessee later erased an eight-point, second-half deficit by going on a 14-2 run as South Carolina went over six minutes without a basket.KEY STATS > The Gamecocks didn't make a field goal the final 2:31 and shot just 31.4 percent (11-for-35) from the field in the second half. > Tennessee had a tough shooting day as well (25.9 percent, 14-of-54 FG), but made up for it at the free throw line. The Vols shot 78.6 percent (22-of-28) at the foul line, including 87.5 percent (14-of-16) in the second half.NOTABLES > Senior forward Maik Kotsar continued his solid play, finishing with a game-high 17 points (7-for-11 FGs). He also added eight rebounds. Kotsar has now scored in double figures in 10 of the team's last 12 games. > After missing the team's SEC opener vs. Florida with a back strain earlier this week, redshirt freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard returned today to lead the bench with 15 points. It's the fifth time he's scored in double figures this season (first since scoring 16 at UMASS on Dec. 4). > Redshirt sophomore wing Justin Minaya pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, marking his second career game with 10 or more boards. He had a career-high 11 rebounds in the team's season-opener vs. North Alabama (Nov. 6).UP NEXT The Gamecocks return to Columbia to host No. 14/13 Kentucky at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast, which tips at 6:30 PM ET.
  24. BOX SCORE 82 #21/21 Arkansas 13-3 (1-2 SEC) 91 #4/5 South Carolina 15-1 (3-0 SEC) Score By Periods Team 1 2 3 4 F #21/21 Arkansas 15 15 23 29 82 #4/5 South Carolina 31 13 30 17 91 Game Recap: Women's Basketball | 1/9/2020 9:38:00 PM | By BY DAVID CLONINGER Rebounding Powers Gamecocks Past No. 21 Razorback Next Game: at Vanderbilt 1/12/2020 | 5:00 PM LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY Box Score (PDF) COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Zia Cooke had 21 points, Aliyah Boston added 19 points and a career-high 25 rebounds and fourth-ranked South Carolina cleared another significant hurdle in its quest for a Southeastern Conference championship by topping No. 21 Arkansas 91-82 on Thursday night. Mikiah Herbert Harrison and Tyasha Harris added 13 points for South Carolina. The Gamecocks (15-1, 3-0 SEC) used a stingy defense to slow down Razorbacks star guard Chelsea Dungee, one of the SEC’s best scorers. Dungee racked up 63 points in two games last season against South Carolina but was held in check for most of the game. She began the night 0 for 11 from the field with three airballs. She came in averaging nearly 20 points per game but didn't score her first field goal until the third quarter and finished with 14 points. Just as they did in a 99-72 rout of then-No. 13 Kentucky, the Gamecocks came out strong, bolting to a 31-15 lead after the first quarter. Alexis Tolefree had 22 points and Amber Ramirez added 20 for Arkansas (13-3, 1-2). BIG PICTURE Arkansas: The Razorbacks, who parlayed last year’s strong postseason run into a 12-1 start this year, remain searching for a signature win. They’ve lost to California, Texas A&M and South Carolina and don’t have a real resume-booster, although if they finish in the SEC’s top six, they should reach the NCAA tournament. South Carolina: Coach Dawn Staley said she “refused to drink the Kool-Aid” after the Kentucky win, but she may be at least sipping from the cup. Her team is young but tremendously talented and has beaten five of its six Top 25 opponents this year. GAMECHANGER The Gamecocks dominated the glass on Thursday with 63 rebounds, the highest total during the Staley era, and out-rebounded Arkansas 63-33, the fourth-largest rebounding margin for Carolina under Staley. KEY STAT Carolina's defense took Arkansas' high-powered offense out of the game early, limiting the Razorbacks to just 30 points on 29.7 percent shooting and – as critically – 4-of-15 (.267) from 3-point range. Arkansas entered the game ranked fifth in the country in scoring (86.2 ppg) and 16th in the nation in 3-point percentage (.386) NOTABLES Boston earned her second-straight double-double with 19 points and a career-best 25 rebounds, the second highest single-game total in program history. The freshman also accounted for five blocks and a steal. Boston etched her name in the record book tonight by breaking the records for most rebounds by a freshman (25), most offensive rebounds by a freshman (10) and most defensive rebounds by a freshman (15). Herbert Harrigan scored 13 points and moved into a tie for third place on the career blocks list with 177. Cooke notched her second-consecutive 20-point game with 21, including four 3-pointers. The Toledo, Ohio, native has cracked double figures in the last six games. Harris poured in 13 points for her third game in a row in double figures. Her seven assists tonight tie her season high, and she pulled down five rebounds on the night. Beal finished with 12 rebounds for a new career high, making it the first time multiple Gamecocks pulled down 10 or more rebounds since A'ja Wilson and Herbert Harrigan accomplished the feat against Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2018. Carolina out-rebounded Arkansas 63-33, leading to a season high 29 second-chance points for the Gamecocks. UP NEXT The Gamecocks (15-1, 3-0 SEC) head to Music City to clash with Vanderbilt (12-4, 2-1 SEC) on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
  25. Women's Basketball 1/1/2020 From USC Sports Information GCF Staff Report SEC Play Opens with Top-15 Battle Thursday #4/5 SOUTH CAROLINA (12-1) VS #13/13 KENTUCKY (11-1) 7 P.M. | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (18,000) South Carolina Game Notes (PDF) | WATCH: SECN | LISTEN: 1320 AM/107.5 FM (in progress) | Live Stats ABOUT THIS GAME Today's game marks the start of South Carolina's 29th SEC season, during which the Gamecocks are 186-209, including a 122-52 (.701) mark under head coach Dawn Staley. The Gamecocks are 11-17 all-time in SEC openers, including a 7-4 mark under Staley with wins in the last six conference openers. Tonight's game marks the third-straight time the Gamecocks have opened SEC action against a ranked opponent. South Carolina topped top-25 Texas A&M each of the last two seasons. The Gamecocks have won nine of the last 10 meetings with Kentucky, but the Wildcats captured the last meeting in Colonial Life Arena. PARKING/FAN INFORMATION Parking is available for $10 per vehicle in the Discovery Garage and the City Garage (located near Pendleton, Park and Lincoln Streets). (See parking map here (PDF)) FREE parking is available in the Pendleton Street Garage (corner of Pickens and Pendleton). The shuttle from that location, which departs and returns to Pickens Street, begins two hours before tipoff and runs until one hour after the game ends. (See campus and shuttle map here (PDF)) The first 350 fans at Colonial Life Arena will get a clear Woman Up fanny pack. Based on the Dec. 17 vote of the University Board of Trustees, beer and wine will be sold at Colonial Life Arena beginning Jan. 2. (More info here) GAMECOCK NOTABLES South Carolina's 81.0 points per game ranks third in the SEC and 10th in the nation and is among the most balanced in the country – no Gamecock ranks higher than 19th in the SEC's individual scoring average standings. All but one SEC team has at least one player ranked ahead of the top Gamecock (Herbert Harrigan, 12.9 ppg). Six different Gamecocks have led the team in scoring in at least one game this season and 10 have scored in double figures at least once. Junior LeLe Grissett was the Gamecocks' top scorer in the last two games before the holiday break. Shooting 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the field, she netted 14.5 points per game in the stretch, adding 4.5 rebounds per game and playing a huge role in the Gamecocks' aggressive, lock-down defense that yielded just 53.0 points per game. Freshman Zia Cooke closed 2019 with a bang, scoring in double figures the last three games of the year and swiping 2.0 steals per game in that stretch. Senior Tyasha Harris paced the Gamecock offense over the last five games, pouring in 14.6 points per game over the stretch to finish 3.2 points per game ahead of her next teammates, all while still handing out 5.0 assists per game. Over the season, she has been the most consistent scoring guard on the floor with nine games of double-figure points, including a pair of 20-point outings. The Gamecocks' young shot blockers – Laeticia Amihere, Aliyah Boston – have the measurable advantage of oversized wingspans. Amihere leads the way at 6-foot-10, just ahead of Boston's 6-foot-9.5. Victaria Saxton and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan also out-reach their heights with 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-4 wingspans, respectively. South Carolina's 17.0 fast-break points per game may be thanks to its speedy guards. Brea Beal, Zia Cooke, Tyasha Harris and Destanni Henderson can all cover three-quarter of the court in 3.1-3.14 seconds. BY THE NUMBERS 1 The Gamecocks have used the same starting lineup in every game this season – Brea Beal, Aliyah Boston, Zia Cooke, Tyasha Harris, Mikiah Herbert Harrigan. 2 Blocks needed by Mikiah Herbert Harrigan to move into third all-time in career blocks in program history. 8 South Carolina's schedule includes eight games against teams ranked in the top 15 of this week's AP Poll. So far, the Gamecocks are 2-1 against such opponents. 10 The Gamecocks have held 10 of their 13 opponents under 60 points this season, including a pair of ranked foes – then-#4/5 Maryland, then-#2/2 Baylor. 54.3 Freshman Aliyah Boston has scored a field goal or free throw on 54.3 percent of her offensive rebounds, accounting for 3.9 of her 12.6 points per game. 66.7 The Gamecocks average 66.7 field goal attempts. It tops last season's 62.8 per game for the most of the Dawn Staley era and ranks 11th in the country this season.

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