Last week was no fun for the USC men’s basketball team as the squad dealt once again with Covid-19 prior to its loss to instate rival Clemson. On Wednesday, the Gamecocks rebounded nicely with a 105-75 blowout of Army. Freshman guard Devin Carter, who did not play against the Tigers, came off the bench to lead four players in double-figures with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor.
After a sluggish start that saw USC (9-3) fall behind the Black Knights 21-13 with 14:39 remaining in the opening half, the Gamecocks outscored Army (6-6) 48-22 to grab a 61-43 lead at halftime. The 61 points marked the most scored in a half by USC since a matchup with Duke in the 2017 NCAA tournament, in which Carolina scored 65 second half points to rally past the Blue Devils. It was also the second time this season that South Carolina has scored over 100 points. It’s the first time since the 1995-96 campaign that Carolina has scored 100+ multiple times in a season.
In addition to the offensive explosion, USC’s defense was outstanding forcing 18 Army turnovers, scoring a season high 29 points off of those miscues. So far this year, every Gamecock opponent has committed at least 14 turnovers.
Josh Caldwell paced three players in double-figures for Army with 18 points and 3 rebounds.
USC takes a week off for the Christmas break before hosting SC State on December 29th.
USC MBB Coach Frank Martin — Postgame Press Conference