For a half it was interesting, but in the end it was another Florida blowout at USC’s expense. The top ranked Gators (28-2, 16-0) pulled away in the second half behind an incredible shooting performance by Michael Frazier, and they coasted to a 72-46 win over the outmatched Gamecocks.
It was 28-26, Florida at the break, but the Gators outscored USC 44-20 in the second half. Frazier hit an SEC record 11 threes on 18 attempts. He finished with 37 points, just nine less than the entire Gamecocks squad.
USC (11-19, 4-13) was led in scoring by Mindaugas Kacinas’ 12 points. Duane Notice was the only other player to reach double figures with 11. Sindarius Thornwell and Brenton Williams, two guys who are counted on to carry the load, finished with seven points each against the stingy Gators defense.
- Steve Spurrier honored Connor Shaw at halftime. Shaw was out of town the when the football team was honored earlier this season so the school did something for him tonight.
- Bruce Ellington was recognized on “Senior Night” in the pregame. Ellington played a few games in December before opting to forgo the remainder of his eligibility to prepare for the NFL draft.
- USC committed 19 turnovers; the Gators had 17 steals.
- Billy Donovan said he thought the Gamecocks outplayed his team in the first half. There were five ties and six lead changes in the first 20 minutes.
- USC will close out the regular season Saturday at Mississippi State. They need a win to get the #13 seed and avoid the late game on the opening day of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta.
Here is our “SportsTalk at the Stadium recap of the game: