USC beats FIU with out Sindarius Thornwell
An hour before its matchup with FIU Sunday USC coach announced that it had suspended senior guard Sindarius Thronwell indefinitely for a violation of athletic department policy. Thornwell lead the Gamecocks in scoring, rebounding and assist this season.
With Thornwell out of the mix, USC started Justin McKie against FIU. The Gamecocks won the game 70-54. Duane Notice scored 27 points. Frank Martin made it clear after the game that he was not going to say anything else about the Thornwell situation.
Clemson crushes Coppin State
Clemson made it look easy against winless Coppin State Sunday afternoon. Four Tigers scored double-digit points in an 85-43 win. Jaron Blossomgame scored 15 points. He also had 11 rebounds to notch his first double-double of the season. Shelton Mitchell scored a season high 12 points in his first start as a Tiger. Clemson scored 51 points in the first half, the most they’ve scored in a half in the Brad Brownell era.
Holy City Hoops
The College of Charleston and The Citadel both played Sunday. Charleston beat Davidson 76-61; The Citadel lost to Campbell 97-91.
USC Upstate beat Colgate 71-25.
The third ranked USC women dropped their first game of the season, losing at Duke 74-63.
Benedict College player killed
Benedict College basketball player Jamal Hodges was killed in a hit-and- run incident in Columbia over the weekend. He was 22 years old.