Frank Martin’s building process took a gallop forward Saturday with a 75-49 clubbing of Oklahoma State at Colonial Life Arena. It’s not always easy to measure progress; but for a point of reference, the Gamecocks lost to the Cowboys by 27 points last year in Stillwater. It was the Pokes worst non-conference loss, in terms of margin of defeat, in 35 years.
“Last year when we went over there, we weren’t ready for that kind of game,” Frank Martin said. “We got beat up pretty bad. And its good to see those young kids of ours stay the course and continue to work and be excited about what we are trying to do.”
Duane Notice, coming off a 27 point game at Marshall, dropped 20 on the Cowboys to lead the Gamecock scoring. Sindarius Thornwell and Tyrone Johnson added 13 a piece. Defensively, the Gamecocks held the Pokes to 24% shooting from the floor; they won the rebounding battle, 49-41; they blocked eight shots; and they forced 11 turnovers. The befuddled Cowboys finished 30 points under their season average of 79.4 points per game.
“Yeah we didn’t play well. But we didn’t play well because of them.”-Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford
- Saturday was the first loss in eight games for Oklahoma State (7-1).
- Martin said the tough losses at the Charleston Classic served as a catalyst for the team. They have blown out each of the last three teams they played (UNC Asheville, Marshall, Oklahoma State)since dropping two of three in the Holy City.
- This was Oklahoma State’s biggest non-conference defeat since a 102-67 loss at Long Beach State on December 15th, 1979. (Hat tip to Brian Binette for the stat)
- Michael Carrera did not play and was not on the bench during the game. Martin said they didn’t want to rush him back from his latest concussion. Carrera should be back for the Clemson game.
- As he walked off the podium, Martin gave a plug for the student section. “Can you report how great our students are? Can somebody put that down, cause I’m tired of always reading that no one comes to our games. Those students are off the charts.”
- The announced attendance at Colonial Life Arena was 12,007. There weren’t that many people in the stands, but it was an active crowd, especially the students.
- USC (5-3) is off for 13 days for exams. They will play Clemson on December 19th in Columbia.
Frank Martin’s post game media session: