Bruce Ellington’s return to the floor Thursday night wasn’t enough to get the USC basketball team back in the win column. The Gamecocks lost their third straight, falling to Providence 76-67 in their part of the SEC/Big East Challenge at Colonial Life Arena.
Ellington scored six points in his first game back from his moonlighting gig on the football team. There was rust for sure, Ellington made three of 11 shots and missed all four of his three point attempts. Darrin Horn was happy to get last year’s leading scorer back, but he continues to stress he has to find a way to get more production from other key players.
Ellington said he felt more confidence as the game progressed. Even shaking off the cobwebs he managed to out produce starter Damien Leonard and reserve Brian Richardson’s point total. For the second time in as many games Leonard was held scoreless, and Richardson scored just five points on two of 12 shooting. That included a 0-6 night from beyond the arch.
The loss drops USC to 2-5 this season. The Friars improve to 6-2. The Gamecocks are back in action Sunday afternoon at arch rival Clemson.