For the first time in six years USC is experiencing the joy of a tournament victory. Behind a career high 23 points from freshman guard Duane Notice, USC raced past Auburn, 74-58, Wednesday night in the opening game of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta.
Last week Notice was on the receiving end of a verbal blast from Frank Martin that ended up costing the Gamecocks coach a one game suspension; Wednesday night he was making that same coach proud with a sharp shooting boost that extended USC’s season. Notice connected on all four of his three point attempts, and shot 7 of 16 from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds and had three assist against only two turnovers.
Martin said it might have been the best game his team has played all season. He said he’s been extremely impressed with the way the Gamecocks have performed over the past several games. You can listen to Martin, Notice and Brenton Williams from the post game news conference below.
- This is USC’s first win at the SEC Tournament since a March 13, 2008 win over LSU under Dave Odom.
- USC has won five of its past nine games.
- The Gamecocks made 11 of 15 3-pointers (73.3%).
- Four Gamecocks finished in double figures scoring, Notice (23), Williams (16), Chatkevicius (11) and Thornwell (10).
- USC outrebounded Auburn, 39-25.
- USC will face Arkansas Thursday afternoon. The game will tip off 25 minutes after the Mizzou-Texas A&M game wraps. The Tigers and Aggies tip off at 1:00, so the Gamecocks and Razorback should start between 3 and 4:00.
- Arkansas beat USC 71-64 in Fayetteville on February 19th.
Here is our “SportsTalk at the Stadium” recap of the game: