November 27, 2014

Gamecocks pull away late for 89-75 win over Bulldogs (AUDIO)

Chatkevicius led USC with career with 17 (File Photo)

Chatkevicius led USC with career high 17 (File Photo)

USC went on a 13-0 run during a three minute stretch midway thru the second half and defeated UNC Asheville 89-75 Wednesday night at the Colonial Life Arena.  The Gamecocks even their record at 3-3.  The Bulldogs fall to 2-3.

The Gamecocks led 59-52 with just under nine minutes to play then reeled off 13 unanswered points during which they forced 4 Asheville turnovers.  A dunk by Sindarius Thornwell capped the run and gave USC a 72-52 lead. with 5:58 to play.

The Bulldogs made a run themselves to get back to within 10 with :51 to play but that was as close as they would get.

Five Gamecocks scored in double figures with Laimonas Chatkevicius recording his first career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.  Demetrius Henry added a career high 15 points and 8 rebounds.

The Gamecocks shot 51.7% and it 8 three pointers.  They had 21 assists on their 31 baskets.  Defensively they forced 22 turnovers and blocked 10 shots.

Asheville guard Andrew Rowsey led all scorers with 30 points including 6 three pointers.

AUDIO: Frank Martin [8:17]

Final Stats

 

 

Steve Spurrier: “We have a lot to be thankful for” (AUDIO)

steve spurrier

Steve Spurrier

The Head Ball Coach made a cameo at USC’s post practice interview session Wednesday to share a few thoughts about is team’s week of practice leading up to the Clemson game Saturday. The mood is a lot better around the program these days, winning two straight will do that. Spurrier said the team has a lot to be thankful for heading into the finale against Clemson.

Take a listen to the HBC below to get an update on Pharoh Cooper’s injury, his thoughts on team confidence and what he expects from Clemson’s defensive line.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier [2:33]

 

USC defense getting amped up for rivalry weekend (AUDIO)

USC and Clemson will meet Saturday in Death Valley.

USC and Clemson will meet Saturday in Death Valley.

The University of South Carolina football team (6-5, 3-5 SEC) practiced Tuesday afternoon at the indoor facility, as rain enveloped the Columbia metropolitan area. The Gamecocks are preparing for Saturday’s annual Palmetto Bowl against the Clemson Tigers (8-3, 6-2 ACC). Game time is set for noon ET at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward has to prepare his unit for two different types of quarterbacks that Clemson may use on Saturday. “You have to be concerned with (Deshaun) Watson because he can run the football,” said Ward. “Not that they won’t run it with (Cole) Stoudt. I think he’ll run the ball some too, but they’ll run it a lot more with Watson playing quarterback.” Ward said not knowing which quarterback would play will have no effect on their preparation this week. “We’ll prepare just like we’ve done in the past for an athletic quarterback and one that’s not so athletic. The game plan will be very similar.”

Despite not knowing which quarterback will take the bulk of the snaps, Ward has some familiarity with what the Tigers will try to do offensively. “Chad (Morris) has done a great job at Clemson,” said Ward. “His system is what’s in place. They’ll continue to run the system. Their plays are no different than what they did with the quarterback they had last year. It’s very, very similar.”

Ward’s unit has been very successful in recent meetings with Clemson. “The guys take pride in the state rivalry,” said Ward. “We try to execute better and create some turnovers that have helped us. We’ll try to do the same on Saturday. We’ll have to create some turnovers, especially because they’ve got a great defense. We’ve got to give our offense an opportunity with the football if we can.”

Ward confirmed that Brison Williams would start at one cornerback position, with Rico McWilliams sidelined for this contest with a concussion. Chris Lammons and D.J. Smith are working at the other cornerback spot this week in practice. Ward indicated that if the game were played today, Lammons would be the starter and hopes that

AUDIO: Lorenzo Ward [6:10]

AUDIO: Kirk Botkin [2:06]

 

Talking Tuesday: Steve Spurrier talks about the Tigers (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier just finished up his press conference that previewed all things Clemson-Carolina. The Head Ball Coach is trying for a sixth straight win over his in-state rival.

Here are some of the highlights from his presser, including audio: [Read more…]

USC Women ascend to the top of the AP ranking

Tiffany Mitchell leads USC to top ranking

Tiffany Mitchell leads USC to top ranking

South Carolina women’s basketball is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll released today. It is the Gamecocks’ first appearance at the top of a national poll and makes it the school-record 14th-straight week that South Carolina has been in the AP’s top 10.

“I feel really good about what our team has been able to accomplish. This is not a goal that we had set, but it is a part of our journey,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said.

Staley is now a member of an exclusive club, joining Baylor’s Kim Mulkey as the second person ever to play for and coach the nation’s top-ranked team.

“Basketball has been extremely good to me. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. I try to repay my debt to basketball, but it keeps giving more in big ways,” Staley added. “I want to be amongst the ones that have won a national championship somewhere in their career.”

South Carolina opened this season with the program’s best preseason ranking at No. 2, which also matched the previous best rank in school history. The Gamecocks were originally ranked No. 2 in the nation during the 1980-82 season, holding the spot for three weeks – Dec. 20, Dec. 27, Jan. 3.

The Gamecocks opened the season 3-0 for the fourth-straight time under Staley, playing all three games in front of over 10,000 fans at Colonial Life Arena. South Carolina won those games by an average of 39.3 points, shooting 50.3 percent from the field with 44.9 percent from 3-point range. Four Gamecocks average double-figure points, led by reigning SEC Player of the Year Tiffany Mitchell with 17.7 points per game. She is shooting 61.5 percent from the field, highlighted by 69.2 percent (9-of-13) accuracy from 3-point range. Reigning SEC Freshman of the Year Alaina Coates averages nearly a double-double with 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. Freshman A’ja Wilson and senior Aleighsa Welch round out the quartet with 12.3 and 11.0 points per game, respectively.

South Carolina left for the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas this morning. The Gamecocks will take on Wisconsin on Thu., Nov. 27, at 4:15 p.m. (ET) and face either East Carolina or nationally-ranked Syracuse on Fri., Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. (ET). Both games are scheduled to have live video available at JunkanooJam.com or can be heard on 107.5 The Game or GamecocksOnline.com.

“We will see if being away from home cuts down on distractions of being ranked No. 1. This week was already going to be a test since we have a big group of young players who haven’t played a Division I basketball game on the road,” Staley said of the trip to the Junkanoo Jam.