USC made sure there was no hangover from the loss at Kentucky and took care of business against Auburn when they curb stomped the Tigers 98-69 at Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena. It was the most points the Gamecocks have scored in a game since the 1995 season.
Duane Notice found his shooting touch
Duane Notice has been in a bit of a shooting funk the past month or so, but he snapped out of it against Auburn. Big time. Notice hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half and added two more in the second half to finish 6-9 from behind the arch. He ended the game with 27 points. The Gamecocks made 15 3-pointers in the game.
Dozier returns from back injury
PJ Dozier returned to the starting lineup after missing the Kentucky game with a back injury, but he looked like a guy who had been sidelined for almost a week with back issues. Dozier only played 11 minutes and finished with just two points. Martin said there is nothing structurally wrong with Dozier’s back, he was just shaking off the rust of missing five days of practice.
Sindarius Thornwell steady as a rock
Maybe Death, taxes and Sindarius Thornwell scoring at least 20 points league game should be the new expression because Thornwell has been good for at least 20 in every SEC game. Coming off a 34 point output at Kentucky he scored 22 against the Tigers. He’s the second leading scorer in the conference behind only Kentucky’s Malik Monk.
Bruce Pearl tips his hat
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said after the game that USC took them out of every single thing they wanted to do. He called it a total beat down and said they were dominated in every facet of the game, including coaching. “We weren’t good enough to beat the 2nd best team in the league on their home floor and it wasn’t even close.” Pearl said he still thinks they can play themselves into contention to be a postseason team.
Frank Martin’s take
Take a listen to some of what Frank Martin had to say after the Gamecocks win: