A crowd of more than seven thousand showed up for Frank Martin’s first game as USC basketball coach Sunday afternoon. If the Gamecocks continue with the kind of effort they gave in the overtime win against Milwaukee-Wisconsin, more wins will come and more fans will turn out.
Outside of a poor shooting first half, the Gamecocks gave their fans all they could ask for. Freshman Michael Carrera and Minda Kacinas led an all out assault on the backboards combing for 28 rebounds. The Gamecocks’ defensive pressure wore down the Panthers in the second half and that affected their shooting, especially in overtime when the Panthers were 2-10 from the floor. And if the ball was loose on the floor, one or more of the Gamecocks was going after it.
It was the kind of effort that will win a number of games this season. It will take more against the more talented teams, but when the matchup is favorable, this team will have a chance.
“I think it definitely gives us something to build on,” senior forward Lakeem Jackson said. “It showed some things where we messed up, where we made mistakes, so we can go back and practice and correct those so we can play a whole 40 minute game.”
AUDIO: Brenton Williams, Lakeem Jackson & LaShay Page take questions [3:08]
USC will take on Morgan State Friday night in Columbia.