Super Bowl Saturday definitely was super for USC with a two point win over Georgia in a sold out CLA, but Super Bowl Sunday was anything but super for Clemson as the Tigers were embarrassed at Florida State 109-61, the Tigers worst defeat ever under Brad Brownell.
Meantime, the USC Women had an easy day of it at Arkansas, and Furman, Winthrop and The College of Charleston continued their winning ways with the Paladins and Eagles holding on to first place in their respective leagues.
Gamecocks stand atop the SEC
With the 77-75 win over Georgia Saturday coupled with Kentucky’s loss at Florida, USC is alone in first place in the SEC at 9-1. The Gamecocks are 19-4 overall with an RPI of 17. PJ Dozier led the way against the Bulldogs with 21 points. Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice had 18 and 15 points respectively and combined for 8 three pointers. And Justin McKie, on the day his father’s 1997 USC team was honored for its SEC championship, had two of the days’ biggest moments with a three pointer with 3:17 to play and the two clinching free throws with six seconds left. The Gamecocks are back in action at home Tuesday night against Alabama.
Frank Martin post-game comments:
Justin McKie, Sindarius Thornwell & Maik Kotsar:
Long day in Tallahassee for Tigers
Clemson stayed with Florida State for about half of the first half Sunday in Tallahassee but a 14-1 run led to a 51 point first half and the Seminoles steamrolled the Tigers 109-61, the Tigers worst defeat under Brad Brownell. Dwayne Bacon scored a career high 29 points and had 6 of the Seminoles 17 three pointers. FSU shot 66% for the game. Avry Holmes led Clemson with 15 points. The Tigers are 13-9, 3-7 in the ACC and had their two game league winning streak snapped. They will host Syracuse Tuesday night.
Brad Brownell post-game interview from Learfield Sports:
Dominating road win for USC women
Alaina Coates had 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead the USC women past Arkansas 79-49 Sunday afternoon in Fayetteville. The Gamecocks never trailed in the game. A’ja Wilson added 18 points for USC which is now 20-2 overall and 10-1 in the SEC. The Gamecocks are back at home Thursday against Auburn.
Furman outguns The Citadel
The Paladins built a 28 point lead then held on in Charleston 99-91 as Devin Sibley scored a career high 32 points. The Paladins are 9-2 in the SOCON and are on a six game league winning streak, their longest since 1980, and they have a half game lead in East Tennessee State in the league race.
Johnson leads Winthrop past Campbell
The Eagles downed Campbell in Rock Hill 76-62 to remain in a three way tie in the Big South with UNC Asheville and Liberty at 10-2. Keon Johnson led the Eagles with a career high 39 points including 5 three pointers. The Eagles are 18-5 overall.
Cougars run streak to three in-a-row
College of Charleston beat Elon in Charleston 71-58 with Joe Chealey leading the way with 20 points. Jarrell Brantley added 11 points and 14 rebounds. The Cougars are 10-2 in the CAA and tied for the league lead with UNC- Wilmington. They are 19-6 overall.
Chants win in Arkansas
Coastal Carolina improved its Sun Belt record to 6-4 with an 82-75 win at Arkansas-Little Rock. Jaylen Shaw led the Chants with 21 points. Colton Ray-St. Cyr added 16 points.
Bucs beat Blue Hose in overtime
Christian Keeling nailed four three throws in the final 12 seconds of overtime as Charleston Southern defeated Presbyterian 71-65 at the Buc Dome. Keeling finished with 22 points. The Bucs are 4-8 in the Big South and 8-15 overall. Jo’Vontae Milner led PC with 19 points. The Blue Hose are 5-18 and 1-11 in league play.
Wofford earns tough league road win
Eric Garcia’s three pointer with three seconds to play lifted Wofford to a 65-62 win at Mercer. The Terriers have won two straight and are 11-13 overall, 6-5 in the SOCON. Fletcher Magee led Wofford with 23 points.
State drops heartbreaker in Orangeburg
Norfolk State rallied to beat SC State 65-62 for its sixth straight win. Eric Eaves led the Bulldogs with 16 points. State falls to 7-15 and 4-5 in the MEAC.
Upstate drops close one to Kennesaw State
Kennesaw State pulled away from USC Upstate in the final minutes for an 84-79 win. The Spartans trailed by two with six minutes to play but would get no closer. Malik Moore led Upstate with 21 points. Upstate is 15-11 and 5-4 in the Atlantic Sun.