A week ago the USC backcourt had a horrible game in a loss to Clemson. Thanks to the play of freshman Jaylen Shaw off the bench, the guards had a resurgence Sunday afternoon against Florida International in a 84-72 win in front of an announced crowd of 9869 at Colonial Life Arena.
Shaw, a Hartsville native, sparked the offense with 16 points and 5 assists. Shaw hit 4 of 7 three pointers in his 26 minutes.
Tyrone Johnson actually led the Gamecocks with 18 points and 7 assists and Brenton Williams knocked knocked down 16 points off the bench.
Inside, Demetrius Henry put in 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
The Panthers led by 3 at halftime and it was a Shaw three pointer with 12:28 left that put the Gamecocks up for good 54-51. The game remained close until the final minutes when the Gamecocks sealed the win at the line by hitting 8 straight free throws. The Gamecocks were 16-21 from the line for the game.
USC improves to 2-2 with the victory and is off until December 6th when they play at Oklahoma State.