“The job me and my staff is doing right now is pathetic.” And with that, USC basketball coach Frank Martin, despite a 76-70 win over Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, proceeded to rip his team a new one. Coupled with the performance in New York Thursday night in the loss to Temple, Martin had see enough and he was ready to let loose, to the point that he declared that a true freshman, Justin Minaya, currently is the best player on the team. He also had some choice words for the lack of a strong fan turn out for the game.
Minaya led the Gamecocks with a career high 17 points, and as a team the Gamecocks shot 51% from the floor, but Martin didn’t like most of what he saw, from team defense to the individual play of Chris Silva and Hassani Gravett, both of whom he singled out in answering questions about the game.
The Gamecocks used a 12-0 run to build a 21-9 first half lead but by the half the Minutemen were on top 35-34. From there it was nip and tuck before the Gamecocks took the lead for good at 52-50 on a Gravett jumper.
Despite going 17-29 from the line for the game, the Gamecocks did hit their last five free throws, including four in a row by Gravett, to hold on for their 6th win in 8 games.
The Gamecocks won the boards 36-26 and forced 17 turnovers they converted into 21 points. UMASS also was whistled for 28 fouls to USC’s 12 and had two players to foul out.
USC returns to action at home Wednesday night against Wyoming.
Frank Martin post game press conference