Despite a defensive effort Frank Martin said “tailed off” in the second half, the South Carolina Gamecocks did enough early work to cruise to an 85-44 win in their exhibition opener over Erskine.
Four players tallied in double-figures for the Gamecocks, with Chris Silva leading the way with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Frank Booker, the graduate transfer from Florida Atlantic and Oklahoma dropped in 9 points on 3-of-5 from three-point land. Freshman Justin Minaya scored 13 points in his first collegiate action, and starting point guard Hassani Gravett added 10 points and six rebounds.
Frank Martin appeared frustrated postgame, after proclaiming the team as “the best shooting team I’ve had since I’ve been here,” the returns have yet to yield such. South Carolina shot 44 percent from the field, but took 35 three-pointers, making only nine (26%).
Martin attributed the off night to the newcomers being nervous and playing for the first time in front of a crowd this season, but remained disappointed in the defensive effort from his returning players as well.
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Chris Silva and Frank Booker
Head Coach Frank Martin
South Carolina’s next and final exhibition game comes Sunday at 2 PM when the Gamecocks host Virginia Tech in the “Hoops 4 Hurricane Relief” game. Tickets start at just $10 for general admission, with the proceeds going to help hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
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