Last December in Spartanburg, Wofford shocked USC 68-61 at the Ben Johnson Arena displaying the talents that would lead the Terriers to the Southern Conference Championship and their first NCAA Tournament bid. Saturday night in Columbia, a fired up bunch of Gamecocks got their revenge with a 64-53 win before an announced crowd of 8813 at the Carolina Life Arena.
The Gamecocks played with an edge in this one as they won their sixth straight game overall and seventh straight home game. They held the Terriers to just seven first half field goals in building a 12 point halftime lead. At times, emotion got the better of the players. Four technical fouls were whistled, two on each team.
Wofford rallied early in the second half and tied the game twice, the last time at 36 with 13:44 to play. A 12-3 run but the Gamecocks up by nine with 8:23 left. The Terriers never got closer than four the rest of the way.
Freshman guard Bruce Ellington led the Gamecocks with 18 points while senior forward Sam Muldrow recorded his second career double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Gamecocks outrebounded the Terriers 36-29. They have outrebounded seven of eight opponents this season. USC outscored Wofford 36-16 in the paint.
The Gamecocks improve to 7-1 and will play at second ranked Ohio State next Saturday. That game will tipoff at 2:00 PM and will be televised by CBS.
Cameron Rundles led the Terriers with 20 points. Noah Dahlman added 14 points. Wofford drops to 4-6 and will play host to High Point next Saturday.