USC played a much better overall game Sunday in the consolation round of the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City compared to their losing performance in the opener Saturday against Liberty. The Gamecocks shot the ball well and turned up their defense in the final ten minutes of a 69-58 win over Tulsa.
The Gamecocks hit 48% of their shots with Jermaine Couisnard leading the way with 20 points on 7-15 shooting, including four three-pointers. AJ Lawson also hit four threes and finished with 17 points.
But the Gamecocks really won the game with their defense over the final 10 minutes. Entering that final quarter, the score was tied at 51. The Gamecocks held Tulsa scoreless for 9:28 while scoring 13 points for a 64-51 lead. During that stretch Tulsa missed 13 straight shots and suffered 4 turnovers. And the Gamecocks scored on five of their six possessions during that run.
USC is now 1-1 and will play at Houston December 5th.
USC postgame interviews