Pardon the headline but I just couldn’t pass up the chance to drop arachnophobia in a post. Yes arachnophobia is the fear of Spiders and the mascot of Richmond but it is also the title of one of my favorite movies of the early 1990s. Call me crazy but I’ve always been a fan of John Goodman.
Oh yeah, the basketball game. USC did appear to be suffering from arachnophobia for the most of the first half against Richmond but they pulled away late and ended up with an easy 76-58 win over the Spiders in Columbia.
The Gamecocks trailed 32-24 at the half and it looked like the Spiders were going to take the game down to the wire until Carolina closed with a 24-6 run to exterminate the Spiders and turn the game into an easy win.
Give USC credit because Richmond is a team that very well could end up in the NCAA tournament. Earlier this season they knocked off Mississippi State. This one will look good on that all important postseason resume for Darrin Horn and the Gamecocks. It is even more impressive given the fact that the Gamecocks are still playing without two starters (Dominique Archie-knee and Mike Holmes-eye).
AUDIO: Darrin Horn Post game presser
Richmond took control early in large part because the Gamecocks looked like they were shooting with spider webs in their eyes (Yes I am going to make as many spider references as I can during this post). They shot 29 percent from the floor in the first half and were 0-8 from 3-point land. They didn’t find their form until late in the second half when Devon Downey took over and hit a couple of deep 3’s to help the Gamecocks pull away from the Spiders.
AUDIO: Downey post Richmond
Downey finished with a game high 18 points, including 3-7 from beyond the arch. All three of his treys came in the second half. The Gamecocks hit a total of six 3-pointers in the game. Sam Muldrow finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. And Johndre Jefferson, in what I think has to be called his best performance has a Gamecock, finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Horn played ten different guys and really all of them, with the exception of Robert Wilder and Stephen Spinella (who played a combined seven minutes) all of them made solid contributions in the game.
AUDIO: Ramon Galloway post Richmond
So USC improves to 7-2 this season. Richmond drops to 7-3. The Gamecocks return to action Saturday against Wofford. That game will be played in Spartanburg at 7:00. For the true sports fan I recommend heading up to Sparkle City early and catching the Shrine Bowl All-Star football game at 1:00 at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium and then roll over to the basketball game. Sounds like a good day to me. Only problem is Wofford’s mascot is the Terriers and that isn’t as much fun to write about as Spiders. That is probably why there has never been a movie called Cynophobia.