A strong second half pushed the USC basketball team past Presbyterian 66-58 Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena. Carolina shot just 24 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed by six points at the break before cranking things up with a 70 percent shooting performance over the final 20 minutes.
Darrin Horn said his message to his team was pretty simple at the half. “It’s make a layup. It’d division one basketball, make a layup,” Horn said. It wasn’t anything magical. I don’t know if that’s great coaching or not…but we told them if you have a layup you have to make it. It’d division one basketball.”
Bruce Ellington had his best game since returning from the football team earlier this month. The sophomore guard led the Gamecocks with 15 points. He added three rebounds and three assist and had a steal. Malik Cooke added 14 points and Anthony Gill scored 10. Freshman Damien Leonard also showed signs of coming out of his season long shooting slump, hitting three of his five shots, including both three pointers he attempted, and finished with eight points.
For the game USC shot 46 percent from the floor. The made 45 percent from beyond the arch and shot 81 percent from the free throw line.
That makes two straight for the Gamecocks (4-5) who will play host to second ranked Ohio State at noon Saturday.