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  1. 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 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. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  2. 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.” (VIEW ARTICLE)
  3. Martan on fan negativity Jan. 13, 2020, | GCF Staff Report A loss to Kentucky (12-3, 3-0) would bring the Gamecocks to 0-3 in SEC play for the first time since 2013-14, Martin’s second season. Naturally, the recent results have frustrated South Carolina’s fan base. Not that Martin’s gone on social media to read for himself. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  4. Martan on fan negativity Jan. 13, 2020, | GCF Staff Report A loss to Kentucky (12-3, 3-0) would bring the Gamecocks to 0-3 in SEC play for the first time since 2013-14, Martin’s second season. Naturally, the recent results have frustrated South Carolina’s fan base. Not that Martin’s gone on social media to read for himself. Martin had this to say. “I don’t read chat rooms, I’m not into gossip.Tell me one positive thing that comes out of social media. So why do you worry about it? You have a job to do: interview me and interview players. Why are you listening to people who have no idea what we go through? Why don’t you go call the people who were positive three games ago when we just beat Virginia? Call them or email them. Send them a tweet and see what they have to say. Can you imagine if those people actually coached or played? The ones that quit with 17 games left in the season?” Martin then added this team’s “that close” to turning it around and pointed to the one-point loss to the Volunteers in front of 19,000 opposing fans as Exhibit A.
  5. Tennessee ekes out 56-55 victory over South Carolina Gamecocks have chance to win it on last possession but fall short 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 (VIEW ARTICLE)
  6. Question surround, why didn’t Trae Hannibal play more? Did Frank Martin shove a player? Jan. 08, 2020 Hannibal helped Carolina cut the Florida Gator lead to three at the break. But then he didn’t take his warm-up with shirt off for the final 20 minutes. When asked why? Hannibal did not play. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  7. Question surround, why didn’t Trae Hannibal play more? Did Frank Martin shove a player? Jan. 08, 2020 Hannibal helped Carolina cut the Florida Gator lead to three at the break. But then he didn’t take his warm-up with shirt off for the final 20 minutes. When asked why? Hannibal did not play. Martin's answered back: “Let’s talk about the guys I actually played,” he said. When Hannibal did enter the game at the 2:19 mark of the first half he replaced Moss. But it was Moss on the floor for five second-half minutes. Martin said of the redshirt freshman who’s now averaging 2.6 points per game, “like from an understanding standpoint. “T.J. gives us probably our most intelligent player at the guard spot,” “He had a real bad turnover tonight and he had a tendency of having a bad turnover at a bad moment. He had two of them. One where he just threw to the guy in front of him. The other one where he’s trying to pass it to Keyshawn (Bryant) and he threw it out of bounds. But it’s a pass that we say don’t make. The angle he threw that ball, we just say don’t make that pass. “He’s a very intelligent player. He knows what we’re trying to do. He knows where he belongs. And where T.J. has to continue to make an adjustment, just like (Florida’s) freshman guards, is with the speed of college basketball. That’s where his biggest adjustment at.” Playing more Hannibal was part of Martin’s series of adjustments following the Houston loss Dec. 8. After Hannibal was a spark to the upset of No. 9 Virginia on Dec. 22, Martin provided insight on the rookie’s progress, an up-and-down path. Hannibal scored four points and grabbed three steals in only seven minutes against the Cavaliers. Martin said. “I wish I had more faith and trust in him so I could have played him more today. I’m starting to get there with him so we can get him on the court a little more. “I’m telling you, he makes the wow play and the bad mistake. But he’s got a knack for the ball. Sometimes we’re in practice and everything is completely out of whack from what we’re trying to do, but he comes out with the ball. “So I got to figure out a way to give him those opportunities in games and allow him to grow. But if you leave him out there for too long and you’re playing teams like this and you lose for him to get experience, then you guys are going to be asking different questions after the game. That’s part of the deal.” Hannibal has 20 points along with four assists, seven steals and five turnovers over Carolina’s last four games. He’s totaled 44 minutes in those contests. Now the "SHOVE"?: With 31 seconds remaining in the first half, Martin directed freshman Jalyn McCreary to check into the game by physically guiding him toward the scorer’s table. Martin was asked to explain what happened. “Are you talking about when I told him to check in the game and there’s a 30-second timeout and he was like walking and I kind of shoved him to go to the table?” Martin asked a reporter. “That’s exactly what happened. So people are mad? That’s what happened. “Maybe next time I’ll hug him and carry him and put him at the table and say, ‘Please, tell him you’re checking in the game.’” Here's the video, as seen on the ESPNU broadcast, the video circulated on Twitter. Social media and message board reaction was divided on the issue of the shove and whether or not there was any significance or cause for concern here on the matter.
  8. Nembhard helps Florida roll past South Carolina, 81-68 Gators held the Gamecocks scoreless the final 2:43 in back-and-forth game COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Andrew Nembhard had 21 points and 10 assists as Florida held on to defeat South Carolina 81-68 on Tuesday night. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  9. Travis Bell BOX SCORE 81 Florida 10-4, 2-0 SEC 68 South Carolina 8-6, 0-1 SEC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Florida 40 41 81 South Carolina 37 31 68 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 1/7/2020 | By: Pete IacobelliI | Associated Press | GCF Staff Report Nembhard helps Florida roll past South Carolina, 81-68 Gators held the Gamecocks scoreless the final 2:43 in back-and-forth game Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: at Tennessee 1/11/2020 | 1 PM SEC Network LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Andrew Nembhard had 21 points and 10 assists as Florida held on to defeat South Carolina 81-68 on Tuesday night. Keyontae Johnson added 19 points for the Gators (10-4), who opened 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play for the third time in the past four seasons. Nembhard was a big reason why. The 6-foot-5 sophomore made 8 of 14 shots, including three 3-pointers. He also had 10 of Florida's 13 assists as he controlled the action anytime South Carolina (8-6, 0-1) got close. Johnson scored 10 of his points in the opening half as Florida played without leading scorer and rebounder Kerry Blackshear Jr. for all but two minutes due to foul trouble. The Gamecocks cut the lead to a point twice in the second half, the last time on Maik Kotsar's bucket with 13:35 to play. But Scottie Lewis followed with a 3-pointer, Nembhard hit two foul shots and Blackshear made three attempts at the line to push the lead to 61-53. Florida was still only up 73-68 on Kotsar's inside basket with 2:43 left. But Nembhard found Blackshear on the next possession, leading to a foul shot before Nembhard put things away with a no-doubt 3-pointer with 2:01 to go to stretch things to 77-68. South Carolina could not respond in losing its third straight at home. Kotsar led the Gamecocks with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Florida played an efficient first half despite Blackshear's absence. The Gators, who came in 10th in the SEC in field-goal percentage, were 16 of 32 from the field in the opening half. Florida used a 24-13 surge during an 11-minute stretch of the first half to move in front. Lewis got the run started with seven straight points, Nembhard had a pair of baskets and Ques Glover made a long jumper from the right side as the Gators took a 40-33 lead with 1:24 left in the half. The Gamecocks came in to the game dead last in SEC foul shooting (60.3 percent), yet hit 13 of 14 tries in the first 20 minutes. They finished 18 of 24 from the line. KEY STATS > Florida finished the game on an 8-0 run, holding the Gamecocks scoreless the final 2:43 of regulation. > Carolina shot just 38.3 percent (23-for-60) in the game. The Gamecocks are now 1-4 when shooting below 40 percent in the 2019-20 season.NOTABLES > Senior forward Maik Kotsar had a season-high 18 points to go alongside 10 rebounds for his third career double-double. He had a pair of steals, his sixth game this season with two or more takeaways. > The Tallinn, Estonia, native, played a team-high 36 minutes and was 7-of-12 from the floor. > Sophomore Keyshawn Bryant (14), redshirt sophomore Justin Minaya (12) and sophomore AJ Lawson (12) also finished in double figures for the Gamecocks. UP NEXT Carolina will play three of its next four SEC matchups on the road, starting on Saturday when the Gamecocks travel to face Tennessee in Knoxville. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast, which tips at 1 P.M. ET.
  10. Gamecocks Host Gators In SEC Opener Tuesday Night Men's Basketball | 1/6/2020 GAME NOTES (PDF)LIVE STATSWATCHTICKET INFORMATION COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (8-5, 0-0 SEC) begins Southeastern Conference action on Tuesday when it hosts Florida (9-4, 1-0 SEC) for a 7 p.m. ET matchup at Colonial Life Arena. The meeting marks the second-straight SEC opener between the two schools, and the 73rd meeting all-time between the Gamecocks and Gators. ABOUT THE GAMEArena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000)Broadcast: ESPNU Play-by-Play: Kevin Fitzgerald Analyst: Jimmy DykesRadio: Gamecock Radio Network In Columbia: 107.5 The Game Play-By-Play: Derek Scott Analyst: Casey Manning Sirius: - | XM: 381 | Internet: 971Watch: WatchESPN (link above)Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.comTickets: GamecocksOnline.com/ 1-800-4SC-FANS/Arena box officeSeries: Florida leads 45-27 In Columbia: UF leads 22-15 Trend: Carolina has won five of the last seven Last Game: 71-69 Carolina win on Jan. 5, 2019, in GainesvilleEAT LOCAL. BALL LOCAL. PROMOTION> Gamecock Athletics has announced the Eat Local. Ball Local. promotion for South Carolina men's basketball's SEC home opener on Jan. 7, versus Florida at 7 p.m. Eat dinner at a local business and the first 500 fans that bring a receipt to the game from eating dinner out prior to the matchup will receive a free "803" Gamecock T-shirt. Simply bring your receipt to the marketing table located on the concourse near the main entrance and receive your T-shirt. In addition to the promotion, Gamecock fans that have purchased the Men's Basketball Mobile Pass are guaranteed a lower level seat for the matchup.TIPOFF NOTABLES> South Carolina opens SEC play on Tuesday when it hosts former SEC East foe Florida. The Gators are 1-0 in league action after posting a 104-98 double-overtime comeback win at home over Alabama. The meeting with Florida will be the 73rd in the series between the Gators and Gamecocks.> Tuesday's opener marks Carolina's first SEC lidlifter at home since also hosting Florida on Jan. 7, 2015, a game in which the Gators won 72-68.> Since the 2017 SEC campaign, four of the last six games between the Gamecocks and Gators have been decided by seven or fewer points, with three of those decided by five points or less.> In last season's SEC opener, the Gamecocks began league play in thrilling fashion on the road, as Chris Silva's dunk with 2.5 seconds remaining would be the game winner in a 71-69 road win at Florida. The Gamecocks trailed by as many as 14 in the second half, and steadily fought back to tie the contest with 4:39 remaining. Carolina's stout defense held the Gators without a field goal the final 7:17 of the game. > In the month of January, Carolina will host just three SEC matchups and will be on the road to face five league opponents.> The Gamecocks are 11-17 all-time in SEC openers, including a 6-6 mark in league openers at home. > In its eight wins, the Carolina defense is holding opponents to just 34.5 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from 3-point range.> Carolina most recently suffered a 63-56 loss to Stetson in the non-conference finale on Dec. 30. Only Maik Kotsar (11 points) registered double figures, and the Gamecocks connected on just 20-of-54 (37.0%) attempts from the floor and only 12-of-24 (50.0%) attempts at the free throw line.> Rookie guard Trae Hannibal scored a season high eight points, with 4 rebounds, two assists and two steals vs. Stetson. Over the last three games, Hannibal is averaging 5.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and has made 7-of-13 (53.8%) of his shot attempts in 14.0 minutes per game.> Martin is 32-44 (.421) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.> The Gamecocks are 3-0 on the road this season, and are 25-33 (43.1%) in road contests dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.THROUGH 13 GAMES ...> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson paces the Gamecocks with 15.5 points per game. Lawson also has a team high 23 3-pointers on the year and is dishing out 2.4 assists per game.> Senior forward Maik Kotsar has scored 126 points through the first 13 games, 9.7 points per outing. His 5.8 rebounds per game lead the team and rank 17th in the SEC.> The Gamecocks are holding opponents to just 38.1 percent from the floor, which ranks second in the SEC and 26th nationally.> Carolina has dished at least 13 assists in 10 games.> R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard is averaging a team high 2.6 assists per game. > Carolina has held its opponent to less than 40 percent from the field on seven occassions, including holding Wyoming to 23.1 percent and only nine made field goals.> Sophomore forward Alanzo Frink has hit a team best 63.5 percent (33-52) of his shot attempts.> The Gamecocks are 8-1 in games in which they lead at the half.> Carolina is 7-1 in games in which Jair Bolden scores in double figures.SENIOR LEADERSHIP FROM KOTSAR> Senior forward Maik Kotsar is such a strong component for the Gamecocks on the defensive end, but of late, his offense and rebounding have been key. > Earlier in non-conference play, Kotsar scored in double figures in a career-best five-straight contests, starting with 14 points vs. Boston U (Nov. 19). He scored 11 points vs. Gardner-Webb (Nov. 22), before leading 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 (Dec. 1). 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 35.4 minutes per game during that 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. He also collected a crucial lose ball late in the contest on the defensive end.> Kotsar has scored in double figures vs. Houston, and in the win at Clemson, while also scoring 11 vs. Stetson. SCOUTING THE GATORS> Florida is 9-4 on the year and posted a 104-98 double-overtime victory over Alabama in its SEC opener last Saturday in Gainesville.> Head coach Mike White is in his fifth season leading the Gators. > Graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear paces the squad in points (14.9) and rebounds (9.0) per game. He is also averaging 2.92 offensive rebounds per outing.> Sophomore point guard Andrew Nembhard's 5.8 assists per game are a team best, ranking third in the SEC and 31st nationally. He is also second in the SEC in assist to turnover ratio with a mark of 2.3.> The Gators lead the SEC and are 54th nationally committing 12.1 turnovers per game, and their 157 total turnovers on the year also pace the league and rank 20th nationally.> Florida is winless in true road games this season at 0-2, but the Gators are 4-1 in neutral-site contests.> Rookie guard Scottie Lewis was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after he had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in the win against Alabama.FRANK MARTIN> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his eighth season leading the Gamecocks and 13th season overall as a head coach in 2019-20. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 12 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.> Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000).> Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the eighth-highest (tied with Villanova's Jay Wright) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Texas Tech's Chris Beard, Kentucky's John Calipari, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Kansas' Bill Self and Virginia's Tony Bennett.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 254-165 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 137-111 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 in October, 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.> 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, the fewest made field goals during the Frank Martin era.> 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.> 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.> 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. > 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. > 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. > An 84-80 win at UMass marked the first road victory of the season for the Gamecocks Dec. 4 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. > The Gamecocks suffered a home loss to Houston on Dec. 8. The Carolina offense hit just 32.3 percent from the field, and the Cougars claimed the road win. Senior forward Maik Kotsar led Carolina with 12 points, and sophomore guard AJ Lawson added 10 in the loss. Carolina hit six 3s vs. Houston, it's highest output from beyond the arc since hitting 7-of-19 attempts from range vs. Northern Iowa. > Carolina claimed a Palmetto Series point with a big road win over instrastate rival and ACC opponent Clemson Dec. 15 at Littlejohn Coliseum. The 67-54 victory snapped a three-game Tiger win streak in the series, and was Carolina's first at Littlejohn since 2011. > In that Clemson victory, sophomore guard AJ Lawson scored a team high 20, along with 11 from senior forward Maik Kotsar and 10 from r-junior guard Jair Bolden to round out the Gamecocks in double figures. The 20-point effort was the fifth of its kind this season for Lawson, who is 11th in the SEC and leads the squad with 16.3 points per outing thus far.> Prior to the break for the holidays, Carolina upset No. 9 Virginia in Charlottesville with a 70-59 victory on Dec. 22. The win improved the Gamecocks to 3-0 on the road this season, and it snapped a 22-game home non-conference win streak for the Cavaliers.> R-junior guard Jair Bolden led four Gamecocks in double figures vs. UVA with a season high 22 points on eight made field goals, including four makes from 3-point range. AJ Lawson (14), Justin Minaya (12) and Keyshawn Bryant (10) also posted double figures in the win.> Bolden was named the SEC's co-Player of the Week following his standout performance vs. Virginia. It marked Bolden's first weekly award as a Gamecock.> The victory on the road vs. the Cavaliers was Carolina's first on the road over a top 10 opponent since an 81-78 victory at No. 8/8 Texas A&M on Feb. 6, 2016.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. 6.4 - After a really strong week of practice prior to the Clemson contest, walk-on forward Nate Nelson was one of the first Gamecocks off the bench in the win over the Tigers on Dec. 15. It was Nelson's fifth appearance this season, and the sophomore forward played over four minutes of action in the win vs. the Tigers.22 - R-junior guard Jair Bolden scored 20 points for the first time in a Carolina uniform in the upset road win at No. 9 Virginia on Dec. 22 with a team high 22. Bolden is averaging 10.2 points per game.14 - South Carolina matched a season high, and a Frank Martin era high, when it collected 14 steals vs. UVA in the win on Dec. 22. Both Maik Kotsar and Trae Hannibal led the Gamecocks with three steals each.28.0% - The Gamecock defense held Clemson to just 28.0 percent (14-50) from the field in the Dec. 15 road win vs. the Tigers. That mark was the lowest by an opponent in Carolina's previous eight games, the lowest since Wyoming's (Nov. 10) 23.1 percent (9-39) from the floor.THROWBACK JERSEYS VS. HOUSTON> South Carolina debuted its throwback jerseys for the first time this season for the Dec. 8 matchup vs. Houston. Fans can visit the official online store at GamecocksOnline.com to purchase the full line of throwback gear. > The uniforms are inspired by the look of the uniforms from the 1970's era of Gamecock basketball. COMING UP NEXT> Carolina will play three of its next four SEC matchups on the road, starting on Saturday when the Gamecocks travel to face Tennessee in Knoxville. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Pat Bradley (analyst) will have the call for the SEC Network broadcast, which tips at 1 P.M. ET.
  11. WATCH: Frank Martin News Conference with selected players - 1/6/20 Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin addressed the media, Monday, ahead of South Carolina’s SEC opener against Florida. The Gamecocks (8-5) are coming off an inconsistent stretch with a mix of highs (road wins at Virginia, Clemson) and lows (home losses to Stetson, Boston). But as is the case each January, teams can earn a reprieve with a good start in conference play. Martin pointed to youth across major college basketball, not just his own team, that has led to the inconsistency in play. “Power 5 basketball has gotten very young. And nobody wants to hear it, but that’s okay. That doesn’t mean I’m going to shut up because people don’t want to hear the truth. When you have five consecutive years of, at least 750 transfers, the majority of players are leaving Power 5 schools …. when you’re young, you’re inconsistent.” But Martin was also quick to praise his team’s overall effort this season, “They’re good dudes. They haven’t let me down.” Martin continued, “We rarely have a bad practice from a caring standpoint.” That doesn’t mean he’s let the Gamecocks off the hook for their lackluster performance against the Hatters. As a matter of fact, Martin set aside his habit of addressing players’ poor habits individually, and instead relayed his message in front the whole roster. “When you have one or two guys that are struggling, then you address one or two guys. When you have a whole team that had no interest in playing, there is no individuality …. I was embarrassed and disturbed by how we took the court that day.” Effort aside, the Gamecocks would be served to find their stroke against the Gators. South Carolina ranks 323rd in 3-point shooting at just 28.6%. Worse yet, the Gamecocks are hitting just 25.6% from behind the arc at Colonial Life Arena. Florida, meanwhile, is coming into the game having won its conference opener over Alabama in double overtime, 104-98. The Gators and the Gamecocks are scheduled to tip off in Columbia tomorrow at 7 p.m.
  12. Jermaine Couisnard status for Tuesday night up in the air Jan. 06, 2019 The status of one of the Gamecocks' leading scorers for the start of SEC play is currently up in the air. Frank Martin said redshirt sophomore Jermaine Couisnard is dealing with a strained back and it's still unclear if he'll play Tuesday against Florida. Martin said Couisnard strained his back New Year's Day and hasn't practiced since but will try to practice Monday afternoon to see if he'll be ready to play against the Gators. Martin met with head trainer Mark Rodger Monday morning where he was told Couisnard will try and practice later this afternoon. After redshirting last season, Couisnard has chiseled out a role of the bench and leads all bench players in points per game (8.5) and is shooting 37.7 percent from the field.Couisnard is also leading the team with 2.6 assists per game. If he's out, it'll likely mean more minutes off the bench for guys like Trae Hannibal and TJ Moss.
  13. Gamecocks Suffer 63-56 Loss To Stetson Dec. 30, 2019 Christiaan Jones scored 18 points in his homecoming as Stetson beat a Southeastern Conference school for the first time since 2004 with a 63-56 victory over South Carolina on Monday. The Gamecocks (8-5) had looked to build off its last outing, a 70-59 win at defending national champion Virginia on Dec. 22. Instead, South Carolina was stung by Jones, a Columbia native who played high school basketball with Gamecock coach Frank Martin's son Brandon before joining the Hatters (6-9). (VIEW ARTICLE)
  14. Maik Kotsar New Year’s resolution: Make NCAA Tournament Dec. 29, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Senior forward Maik Kotsar was asked for his New Year’s resolution. His answer “Get to the tournament.” Making the Big Dance something the Gamecocks hasn’t done since the Final Four run of three seasons ago, seemed like a long shot earlier this month. The Gamecocks were 6-4 and coming off a 20-point home loss to Houston. The immediate future included trips to Clemson and Virginia. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  15. BOX SCORE 63 Stetson 6-9 56 South Carolina 8-5 Score By Periods Team 1 2 F Stetson 33 30 63 South Carolina 26 30 56 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 12/30/2019 5:21:00 PM | By PETE IACOBELLI | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Gamecocks Suffer 63-56 Loss To Stetson Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) OVERALL STATISTICS (PDF) Next Game: Florida 1/7/2020 | 7 PM ESPN/2/U LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Christiaan Jones scored 18 points in his homecoming as Stetson beat a Southeastern Conference school for the first time since 2004 with a 63-56 victory over South Carolina on Monday. The Gamecocks (8-5) had looked to build off its last outing, a 70-59 win at defending national champion Virginia on Dec. 22. Instead, South Carolina was stung by Jones, a Columbia native who played high school basketball with Gamecock coach Frank Martin's son Brandon before joining the Hatters (6-9). Jones had two 3-pointers and was 10-of-13 from the foul line in Stetson's first victory against an SEC team since defeating Georgia 56-52 on Dec. 29, 2004. South Carolina cut the Hatters' 13-point second-half lead to 51-49 after Justin Minaya's 3-pointer with 5:22 to play. But Kenny Aninye hit two foul shots and Jahlil Rawley a 3-pointer to extend Stetson's edge. The Gamecocks could not respond. South Carolina had the past eight days off since stunning Virginia - and it showed. The Gamecocks missed seven of eight shots as the Hatters took off on a 16-6 run midway through the opening half for a 28-19 lead. Rawley began the surge with a basket, Rob Perry scored five points in the run and Jones hit two foul shots for the Hatters' large lead. South Carolina's two double-digit scorers coming in, AJ Lawson and Jair Bolden, were held to a combined eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. Maik Kotsar led the Gamecocks with 11 points. KEY STATS > South Carolina was just 4-of-19 from 3-point range (21.1%) and 12-of-24 (50.0%) from the foul line > Stetson scored 18 points off of 15 Gamecock turnovers in the contestNOTABLES > Senior forward Maik Kotsar scored 11 points for his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season. Kotsar also collected three steals vs. Stetson, his second-straight game with three takeaways. > Rookie guard Trae Hannibal scored a season high eight points in matching a season high with 19 minutes of action vs. Stetson. > R-sophomore forward Justin Minaya pulled down a team high nine rebounds, marking the fourth time this season he has led or shared the team lead in rebounds.UP NEXT > South Carolina begins SEC action on Jan. 7 when it hosts former SEC East foe Florida at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time for the matchup is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
  16. Question asked on A.J Lawson on playing time, Coach answered Dec. 30, 2019 A.J Lawson checked out of South Carolina’s Monday game against Stetson with 7:15 left. He didn’t return until 40 seconds remained and the Gamecocks were down eight. Gamecocks eight days after beating Virginia on the road, lost to the Hatters, 63-56, at home. Lawson, the team’s most decorated player, logged a season-low 13 minutes. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  17. Question asked on A.J Lawson on playing time, Coach answered Dec. 30, 2019 A.J Lawson checked out of South Carolina’s Monday game against Stetson with 7:15 left. He didn’t return until 40 seconds remained and the Gamecocks were down eight. Gamecocks eight days after beating Virginia on the road, lost to the Hatters, 63-56, at home. Lawson, the team’s most decorated player, logged a season-low 13 minutes. Reporter asked Why? Frank Martin said. “Did you see him play the first six minutes? Would you have kept playing him?” Martin asked.Lawson, Carolina’s leading scorer and a reigning All-SEC freshman team member, finished with eight points and four turnovers, including three giveaways in eight first half minutes. The sophomore did, however, lead all Gamecocks in second half scoring with six points. Martin admitted that Lawson, a Canada native, returned from a brief holiday break under the weather. Martin said. “He had a little fever that first day and his throat was all red and swollen. He practiced (Sunday). It’s not like he didn’t practice. .... I got no idea.” Lawson and Jair Bolden, a pair that combined for 36 points in the UVa win, combined for eight points. Bolden, named SEC co-player of the week Dec. 23, didn’t score in 15 minutes. “You got to ask them,” Martin said when asked why his starting guards struggled against a Stetson defense that entered ranked No. 342 in adjusted defensive efficiency. “You’re asking me to speak on something that I only have one kind of answer for right now and it’s not fair for them for me to express publicly what I think. So next time you have a press conference, ask for them and ask them that question. If you ask me the next time you see me, I would have had conversations with them so I can tell you what they told me.” Stetson coach Donnie Jones provided a little clarity on the Hatters’ zone-heavy defensive strategy against Lawson. “He’s a terrific penetrator, strong,” said Jones, whose Hatters improved to 6-9. “In the open floor, he hurt us a few times with being able to get into our zone and penetrate. Our biggest thing was keeping him in front, make him score over top.” Lawson missed all three of his 3-point attempts as the Gamecocks dropped to 8-5.
  18. Maik Kotsar New Year’s resolution: Make NCAA Tournament Dec. 29, 2019, | GCF Staff Report Senior forward Maik Kotsar was asked for his New Year’s resolution. His answer “Get to the tournament.” Making the Big Dance something the Gamecocks hasn’t done since the Final Four run of three seasons ago, seemed like a long shot earlier this month. The Gamecocks were 6-4 and coming off a 20-point home loss to Houston. The immediate future included trips to Clemson and Virginia. Get to the NCAA Tournament? Even having a respectable seed for the SEC Tournament appeared far-fetched. But here was Kotsar on Saturday, beaming with confidence as he stated his goal for the next three months. The Gamecock are now 8-4 entering Monday’s 3 p.m. home game with Stetson (5-9). The Gamecocks beat the Tigers and the ninth-ranked Cavaliers by a combined 24 points. They’re now a good performance over a team with a No. 327 NET ranking away from entering SEC play on a three-game win streak — and perhaps with a résumé that is trending toward tournament-worthy. Reasons behind the sudden improvement have been well-documented a lineup tweak that made A.J. Lawson the point guard and Jair Bolden the shooting guard, Keyshawn Bryant’s return from injury and plain better shooting but how can Frank Martin tell if things will continue this way? The first post-Christmas practice usually offers a hint. Martin, in the college coaching business for nearly 20 years, has learned that players often return from an extended holiday break somewhat sluggish and out-of-sync. When the Gamecocks were crisp in that session last December, Martin could sense his team was setting up a second half run which did happen. The 2019-20 Gamecocks, off since the Virginia win on Dec. 22, came back to a light, conditioning-based practice Friday evening. A real, full-on practice was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, after Martin spoke to the media. Martin said. “Last year, we headed into the Christmas break playing pretty good, but losing games. This year, we went into the Christmas break playing pretty good, but winning games. So I’m kind of anxious to see how we go about our business here in a little while. “They appeared to be in good spirits (Friday) night. We did some stuff early (Saturday) morning, nothing competitive, and they appeared to be engaged and anxious.” Added Kotsar: “I feel like we’re really excited and ready to go.”
  19. Gamecocks Back In Action Monday Hosting Stetson With Videos Men's Basketball | 12/28/2019 | From USC Sports Information | GCF Staff Report Story Links GAME NOTES (PDF) LIVE STATS WATCH: FRANK MARTIN MEDIA AVAILABILITY WATCH: MAIK KOTSAR MEDIA AVAILABILITY COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina (8-4) is back in action on Monday after a break for the holidays when it hosts Stetson (5-9) in a 3 p.m. ET contest at Colonial Life Arena. The matchup will be broadcast on SEC Network+ with Burch Antley (play-by-play) and Alex English (analyst) on the call, while Derek Scott (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (analyst) will have the call for the Gamecock Radio Network.STAR WARS GAMEA long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... "Star Wars" Day comes to the Colonial Life Arena for the matchup vs. Stetson! Gamecock Athletics and Lucasfilms team up to bring you a one-of-a-kind game day experience, Star Wars style. There will be on-court promotions and games. Fans are also invited to dress up in their favorite "Star Wars" character costumes (no masks or props please). TIPOFF NOTABLES> Prior to the break for the holidays, Carolina upset No. 9 Virginia in Charlottesville with a 70-59 victory on Dec. 22. The win improved the Gamecocks to 3-0 on the road this season, and it snapped a 22-game home non-conference win streak for the Cavaliers.> R-junior guard Jair Bolden led four Gamecocks in double figures vs. UVA with a season high 22 points on eight made field goals, including four makes from 3-point range. AJ Lawson (14), Justin Minaya (12) and Keyshawn Bryant (10) also posted double figures in the win.> Bolden was named the SEC's co-Player of the Week following his standout performance vs. Virginia. It marked Bolden's first weekly award as a Gamecock.> The victory on the road vs. the Cavaliers was Carolina's first on the road over a top 10 opponent since an 81-78 victory at No. 8/8 Texas A&M on Feb. 6, 2016.> Martin is 32-44 (.421) against ranked opponents as a head coach. His teams have four wins over opponents ranked in the top five, and two wins over opponents who are ranked No. 1.> The Gamecocks are 3-0 on the road this season, and are 25-33 (43.1%) in road contests dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.> After suffering losses in both games in Cancun, Carolina has gone 4-1 thus far in its five games since, with three of those wins on the road. During the stretch, Carolina has hit 47.7 percent of its shot attempts, while holding opponents to 39.8 percent. THROUGH 12 GAMES ...> Sophomore guard AJ Lawson paces the Gamecocks with 16.1 points per game, and he is also dishing a team high 2.6 assists per outing.> Senior forward Maik Kotsar has scored 115 points through the first 12 games, 9.6 points per outing. His 6.0 rebounds per game lead the team and rank T-16th in the SEC.> The Gamecocks are holding opponents to just 38.3 percent from the floor, which ranks fourth in the SEC and 31st nationally.> Carolina has dished at least 13 assists in nine games.> R-freshman guard Jermaine Couisnard is averaging 2.5 assists per game. He is also solid at the charity stripe, having hit 17-of-21 attempts - 81.0% - thus far.> Carolina has held its opponent to less than 40 percent from the field on six occassions, including holding Wyoming to 23.1 percent and only nine made field goals.> Sophomore forward Alanzo Frink has hit a team best 64.7 percent (33-51) of his shot attempts.> The Gamecocks are 8-1 in games in which they lead at the half.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 recently scored in double figures in a career-best five-straight contests, starting with 14 points vs. Boston U (Nov. 19). He scored 11 points vs. Gardner-Webb (Nov. 22), before leading 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 (Dec. 1). 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 35.4 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. He also collected a crucial lose ball late in the contest on the defensive end.> With a 12-point performance vs. Houston, Kotsar tallied his sixth game this season in double-figures (five games in double-figures last season), and he followed with 11 points in the road win at Clemson, with nine of those coming in the second half. SCOUTING THE HATTERS> Stetson is 5-9 on the year and enters Monday's contest having lost four-straight games dating back to early December. > The Hatters five wins this season have come vs. Trinity Baptist, Western Illinois, Monmouth, Florida College and Bethune-Cookman.> Head coach Donnie Jones is in his first season at Stetson.> Freshman Mahamadou Diawara was named ASUN Conference Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 23 after averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game the previous week.> Through the season's first 14 games, Diawara ranks among ASUN leaders in field-goal percentage (2nd), scoring (8th) and rebounding (8th).> Freshman guard Rob Perry is averaging a team high 15.1 points per game. FRANK MARTIN> South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is in his eighth season leading the Gamecocks and 13th season overall as a head coach in 2019-20. Martin, the 2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year (CollegeInsider.com), led South Carolina to its first Final Four and a school record 26 wins in 2016-17. In his 12 complete seasons as a head coach, Martin has led his teams to at least 21 wins seven times. Martin is a native of Miami, Fla., and a graduate of FIU.> Prior to his time on the sidelines in the college ranks, Martin spent 15 years in high school coaching in Miami, Fla., including the last seven as a head coach. He was part of five state championships as an assistant at Miami Senior High School (1985-93), before earning two titles as the program's head coach (1995-98). Highlighting Martin's stint as the head coach of the program were consecutive 30-win seasons and consecutive Florida 6A State Championships in 1996 and 1997, with his 1997 squad earning a 36-1 overall record and ranking No. 4 in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. He also served as the head coach at North Miami Senior High School (1993-95) and one season at Booker T. Washington High School (1999-2000).> Among active Division I head coaches, South Carolina's Frank Martin holds the eighth-highest (tied with Villanova's Jay Wright) NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.667) behind only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Texas Tech's Chris Beard, Kentucky's John Calipari, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Kansas' Bill Self and Virginia's Tony Bennett.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 254-164 record in his 13th season as a head coach, and a 137-110 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.> 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, the fewest made field goals during the Frank Martin era.> 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.> 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.> 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. > 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. > 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. > An 84-80 win at UMass marked the first road victory of the season for the Gamecocks Dec. 4 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. > The Gamecocks suffered a home loss to Houston on Dec. 8. The Carolina offense hit just 32.3 percent from the field, and the Cougars claimed the road win. Senior forward Maik Kotsar led Carolina with 12 points, and sophomore guard AJ Lawson added 10 in the loss. Carolina hit six 3s vs. Houston, it's highest output from beyond the arc since hitting 7-of-19 attempts from range vs. Northern Iowa. > Carolina claimed a Palmetto Series point with a big road win over instrastate rival and ACC opponent Clemson Dec. 15 at Littlejohn Coliseum. The 67-54 victory snapped a three-game Tiger win streak in the series, and was Carolina's first at Littlejohn since 2011. > In that Clemson victory, sophomore guard AJ Lawson scored a team high 20, along with 11 from senior forward Maik Kotsar and 10 from r-junior guard Jair Bolden to round out the Gamecocks in double figures. The 20-point effort was the fifth of its kind this season for Lawson, who is 11th in the SEC and leads the squad with 16.3 points per outing thus far.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. 6.23 - Sophomore guard AJ Lawson led Carolina in its lone exhibition contest, a win over Columbia International, 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 545 career boards, 208 of those - 38.1 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).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 137 victories.13 - Sophomore guard Keyshawn Bryant made his season debut for the Gamecocks in the road victory at UMass (Dec. 4). 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.4 - After a really strong week of practice prior to the Clemson contest, walk-on forward Nate Nelson was one of the first Gamecocks off the bench in the win over the Tigers on Dec. 15. It was Nelson's fifth appearance this season, and the sophomore forward played over four minutes of action in the win vs. the Tigers.COMING UP NEXT> South Carolina begins SEC action on Jan. 7 when it hosts former SEC East foe Florida at Colonial Life Arena. Tip time for the matchup is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
  20. USA Today Sports Images BOX SCORE 70 South Carolina 8-4,0-0 SEC 59 Virginia 9-2,2-0 ACC Score By Periods Team 1 2 F South Carolina 33 37 70 Virginia 24 35 59 Game Recap: Men's Basketball | 12/22/2019 | By: Hank Kurz Jr. | Associated Press Bolden leads South Carolina past No. 9 Virginia, 70-59 Redshirt junior scored 22 points, his first 20-point outing in a Gamecock uniform Story Links FINAL BOX (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Next Game: Stetson 12/30/2019 | 3 PM SEC Network+ LIVE STATS LISTEN LIVE FULL SCHEDULE ROSTER MATCHUP HISTORY CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Jair Bolden scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and AJ Lawson had 10 of his 14 in the second to help South Carolina beat No. 9 Virginia 70-59 on Sunday. The Gamecocks (8-4) led 23-11, saw Virginia pull even at 45 with just over 11 minutes to play and promptly scored 12 of the next 17 points. The Cavaliers never got closer than five the rest of the way. Mamadi Diakite scored a career-high 21 points to lead Virginia (9-2). The Cavaliers had a season-high 19 turnovers, leading to 23 Gamecocks points. South Carolina shot 55.1%, connecting on 27 of 49 attempts. Justin Minaya added 12 points for South Carolina, 10 after halftime. KEY STATS > South Carolina's offense was efficient and effective against the nation's No. 1 scoring defense, scoring 70 points (most allowed by UVA this season) while shooting 55 percent (27-for-49) from the floor. UVA came into the contest allowing just 44.2 points per game. > The Gamecocks were effective on the other end of the court as well, forcing 19 turnovers by the Cavaliers which led to 23 points. Carolina held UVA scoreless the final 2:15 of the game.NOTABLES > Redshirt junior guard Jair Bolden had his first 20-point outing as a Gamecock today, finishing with a game-high 23 points. He matched career highs with eight made field goals and four 3s. > The Gamecocks improve to 7-1 in the 2019-20 season when Bolden scores 10 or more. > Sophomore guard AJ Lawson (14), redshirt sophomore Justin Minaya (12) and sophomore wing Keyshawn Bryant (10) also finished in double figures. > It's the first double-figure outing for Minaya since scoring 10 vs. Boston (11/19/19) earlier this season. > South Carolina is undefeated in true road contest (3-0) this season. > Today marked the Gamecocks' first win in Charlottesville (first ever at John Paul Jones Arena) since a 74-67 victory on March 13, 2002. > Carolina, who led by nine at halftime, is now 8-1 this season in games when leading at the break. > The Cavaliers went on a 16-3 run midway through the second half to tie the game, 45-45, with 11:09 remaining. In a crucial stretch, the Gamecocks answered right back with a 12-2 run of their own to push the team's lead back to double digits, 63:52, with 4:28 to go.UP NEXT Carolina returns to Columbia to host Stetson on Dec. 30 following the holiday break. Tip time for that contest is set for 3 p.m. ET at Colonial Life Arena.
  21. WITH VIDEOS COACH & SELECTED PLAYERS: Martin preparing Gamecocks for a shot at defending champs Dec. 19, 2019 Carolina plays at Virginia Sunday afternoon in the back end of a home and home series with the Cavaliers. Last season, on the way to the national championship, the Cavaliers made two visits to Columbia. The first was a year ago today and the Cavs left with a 69-52 victory. They returned In March for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and knocked out Gardner-Webb and Oklahoma. This season, Virginia is 9-1. The Cavaliers do it with defense. They led the nation in scoring defense last season and are #1 again this season giving up just 44 points per game. That offsets the fact they are next to last nationally in scoring at 54 points per game. The Gamecocks are coming off one of their best performances of the season, a win at Clemson last Sunday. Frank Martin made some adjustments with player positioning going into that game, including AJ Lawson taking over the point. At his press conference today, he talked about that and what’s ahead against UVA. COACH PLAYERS
  22. Lawson's 20 leads South Carolina to 67-54 win at Clemson The Gamecock defense held the Tigers without a FG the final 6:38 Men's Basketball | 12/15/2019 FromUSC Sports Information GCF Staff Report LISTEN FRANK MARTIN Postgame press conference Story Links BOX SCORE (PDF) SEASON STATS (PDF) Box Score CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- AJ Lawson scored 20 points off four 3-pointers and led South Carolina to its first victory over rival Clemson in four years with a 67-54 win on Sunday. Lawson had just 10 points a week ago in the Gamecocks' home loss to Houston and coach Frank Martin criticized the sophomore's defense. In South Carolina's first game since, Lawson was active and dynamic all over the court in helping win at the Tigers' Littlejohn Coliseum for the first time since 2011. Lawson had six rebounds to go along with three steals and three assists for South Carolina (7-4). And he helped the Gamecocks take control with a 14-2 run early in the second half.Keyshawn Bryant tied things at 29-all with a foul shot, then put South Carolina ahead to stay with two more free throws. Lawson followed with a basket and by the time Alanzo Frink made two more from the line with 11 minutes left, the Gamecocks were ahead 42-31. Clemson cut the margin to six points on freshman Chase Hunter's 3-pointer, but Jair Bolden and Lawson hit back-to-back triples to restore South Carolina's double-digit lead. Aamir Simms had team highs with 21 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the final two minutes for the Tigers (5-5), who have lost four straight and fell to 1-5 this season against Power Five conference opponents. Lawson, a 6-foot-6 sophomore who's a potential first-round NBA draft pick next season, got going in a hurry and helped the Gamecocks build a six-point lead midway through the opening half. South Carolina was still up 24-19 on Lawson's 3-pointer with less than five minutes left in the period. That's when Clemson took off on a 7-0 run to retake the lead, a surge that was started by Simms' three-point play.Trae Hannibal had a hammer dunk and Alanzo Frink a driving layup to put the Gamecocks ahead 28-26 after a sloppy first half. The teams' combined for 29 turnovers the first 20 minutes. Clemson shot less than 30 percent for the game (14-of-50) and had a season-high 22 turnovers.KEY STATS > South Carolina's defense had it dialed in from the get go, forcing 22 turnovers and limiting Clemson to 28 percent shooting (14-of-50). > The Gamecocks were plus-nine (41-32) on the glass and dominated inside with a 24-10 edge in paint points. > Carolina held the Tigers without a field goal the final 6:38 of the game.NOTABLES > Sophomore standout AJ Lawson had his fifth 20-point outing this season (11th career). > Senior Maik Kotsar continued his solid play with his seventh double-figure outing in the last eight games, as he finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. > Redshirt junior guard Jair Bolden was huge down the stretch for Carolina, scoring all 10 of his points in the second half. He hit two clutch 3s to push the team's lead back to double digits. > The Gamecocks improve to 7-1 in the 2019-20 season when leading at the half and 6-0 when limiting opponents below 40 percent from the field. Today marked the third time Carolina has held an opponent below 30 percent this season. > The win snapped a three-game Clemson win streak in the series.UP NEXT Carolina will face another ACC opponent on the road next Sunday when the Gamecocks travel to face defending national champion No. 9/8 Virginia in Charlottesville. The contest will be broadcast on ABC and will tip at 3 p.m. ET from John Paul Jones Arena.
  23. Grimes leads Houston to 76-56 victory over South Carolina Gamecocks struggle offensively, shooting just 32.1 percent from the floor COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Quentin Grimes scored 24 points as Houston opened fast and kept pushing for a third straight victory 76-56 over South Carolina on Sunday. The Cougars (5-2) started with a 7-0 burst and rarely let up to win the first meeting between the schools in 29 seasons. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  24. Men's Basketball 12/12/2019 VIDEO: Men's Basketball Media Availability With Frank Martin and sophomore AJ Lawson Head Coach Frank Martin and sophomore AJ Lawson met with the media Thursday morning The USC-Clemson rivalry moves back to the hardwood Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum. Neither the Gamecocks nor Tigers have lit up the basketball world in the first month of the season. The Gamecocks are 6-4, the Tigers 5-4. USC has won two of its last three but is coming off an ugly home loss to Houston. The Tigers have dropped their last three including losses of 18 and 19 points in their last two games. Thursday Gamecock coach Frank Martin discussed his team and the game with the media in Columbia. Friday Clemson coach Brad Brownell will do likewise with his media.
  25. Lawson, South Carolina pull away for 84-80 win over UMass The sophomore scored game-high 24, his fourth 20-point outing of the season AJ Lawson scored 24 points, Jermaine Couisnard added 16 and six assists and South Carolina held off Massachusetts 84-80 in its first true road game of the season on Wednesday night. (VIEW ARTICLE)
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