Wednesday night USC put up a feeble effort in a lopsided loss at Coastal Carolina. Sunday in Columbia against Georgetown and Hall of Fame coach Patrick Ewing, the Gamecocks played like a team possessed. Leading wire to wire, USC downed the Hoyas 80-67 displaying the talents of their big men with two of the game’s greatest big men ever in the arena, Ewing and former Hoya and NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, whose son Ryan plays for Georgetown.
The Gamecocks outscored Georgetown in the paint 42-30. They also grabbed 16 offensive rebounds they converted to 21 points. USC post players Wildens Leveque, AJ Wilson, Josh Gray and Tre-Vaughn Minott combined for 36 points and 34 rebounds.
The Gamecocks eschewed the three-pointer for the most part (attempted 16) to attack the rim and finished with 18 points off dunks. They finished with a 46% shooting day. Leveque led three Gamecocks in double figures with 14 points.
The Gamecocks also tightened up the defense holding the Hoyas to 33% shooting, including 5-24 from three-point range, and they forced 17 turnovers they converted to 14 points.
USC is now 6-2 and will play Florida State next Sunday afternoon in Rock Hill.