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.