A strong defensive effort in the first half allowed USC to build a 14 point cushion at the break and the Gamecocks went on to a 69-45 win over Cornell Thursday night in their opening game of the Charleston Classic at the TD Arena on the College of Charleston campus. The Gamecocks improved to 2-1 and will play Charlotte Friday night at 7:00 PM.
The Big Red led 11-9 five minutes in but then the Gamecocks tightened up their defense and went on a 14-2 run over the next six minutes. Cornell never got closer than seven the rest of the way. The Gamecocks forced 17 turnovers for the game and turned those into 15 points.
Sindarius Thornwell led USC with 14 points, 13 in the first half. Mindaugas Kacinas had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, 7 off the offensive glass.