USC didn’t have two of its key players Wednesday night against Western Kentucky but it certainly didn’t show. Carolina didn’t have Dominique Archie (knee) or Mike Holmes (eye) but the Gamecocks still cruised to a 74-56 win over the Hilltoppers in front of an announced crowd of 10,707 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.
USC outscored Western Kentucky 39-25 in the first half and 35-31 in the second half. There was never a point when the Gamecocks didn’t have complete control over the team that has been in the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons.
The win had to be extra special for USC coach Darrin Horn who played at WKU and coached their before leaving prior to last season to take over the Gamecocks.
Darrin Horn post game presser
Devon Downey led the way in scoring for USC. He had 15 points and was one of five Gamecocks in double digits in the scoring column. Sam Muldrow and Brandis Raley-Ross each had 12, and Romon Galloway and Evaldas Baniulis both had 11. Freshman Lakeem Jackson scored nine points.
Devon Downey post WKU
Brandis Raley-Ross post WKU
USC improves to 6-1 this season and Western Kentucky drops to 2-3. The Gamecocks will play #19 Clemson Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers are coming off a tough two point home loss against Illinois Wednesday night in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. Sunday’s game tips off at 1:00.