Nathan Hoover lit up USC for a career high 30 points, including 9 three pointers, to propel Wofford past the Gamecocks 81-61 Monday night at Colonial Life Arena. It’s the Terriers’ first win over the Gamecocks since 2009 and just their second in the last 26 meetings.
Hoover came into the game averaging 11 points per game. He picked up the Terriers on a night leading scorer Fletcher McGee struggled with his shooting and finished with just 8 points.
Wofford never trailed and built a 13 point first half lead. USC battled back to tie at 24 but the Terriers took a 28-25 lead into the break. They rebuilt the lead to 14 at 40-26 before a 16-4 run by the Gamecocks got them back to within a bucket. The Terriers responded with their own run to get the lead back to 12 and USC never got closer than 5 the rest of the way. A 12-2 run sealed it for Mike Young’s team which can now claim victories over North and South Carolina in consecutive seasons.
Wofford hit 13 three pointers, outrebounded the Gamecocks 43-37, doubled them in the paint 32-16 and turned 10 offensive rebounds into 14 second chance points.
Maik Kotsar and Felipe Haase led USC with 13 points each. The Gamecocks played without starting forward Justin Minaya. He suffered a foot injury in practice Friday and will have surgery Tuesday. Depending on the type of surgery, he could be out until January or he could miss the rest of the season.
Wofford is now 5-2 and is off until hosting East Tennessee State December 1st. The Gamecocks drop to 3-3 and return to action at home Friday night against Coastal Carolina.
Frank Martin postgame comments
Mike Young and Nathan Hoover postgame presser