Frank Martin wasn’t happy Friday night. He said he was embarrassed people paid money and gave up their time to watch his team play. He said his squad “disrespected” the game against Morgan State. He said some of his players do more talking on Twitter than they do on the court.
That’s some hardccore smack down. And this was after a 16 point win! It is a far cry from the “building a program mantra” that has been coming out of Gamecock basketball news conferences the past four years.
AUDIO: Frank Martin talks after 87-71 win over Morgan State [2:56]
USC improved to 2-0 with an 87-71 over Morgan State, but if you heard Martin you would have thought they lost by 20 and were still winless. No one will ever accuse this guy of “coach speak” and no one will ever question is bluntness or honesty.
It is only two games into the season, but Martin’s stamp on the program is clear. After spending the better part of the past three years chucking up 3s at will, USC has now settled into a more disciplined offense that emphasizes high percentage shots. The Gamecocks have scored over 80 points in each of the first two games this season, something they failed to do all of last year.
LaShay Page led the team with 20 points. Eric Smith added 17 points, Brenton Williams had 14, and RJ Slawson and Brian Richardson each scored 10. The team finished the game shooting 52 percent from the floor. They also made 21 of their 26 free-throws.
But allowing Morgan State to shoot 52 percent from the floor and turning the ball over and playing what he felt was uninspired basketball had Martin stewing after the game.
USC is back on the court Monday against Rider.