USC’s game against Division II Lander went down about like one would have expected. The Gamecocks pulverized Lander 90-62 in front of a modest crowd at Colonial Life Arena Tuesday night. Sure it wasn’t much of a game, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few items worth highlighting. Let’s dive right in.
Rakeem Felder had a career night
Freshman guard Rakeem Felder put together his best game of the season with a 20 point effort. He made six of his eight shots, including five 3-pointers. He also had four assist and only two turnovers in his 20 minutes of action.
PJ Dozier solid again
PJ Dozier had another solid game, finishing with 15 points. It was the first time in five games he failed to score at least 20, but he still had an efficient night, connecting on six of his nine shots from the floor. He hit three of his four 3-point attempts.
Frank Martin cleared his bench
With the game well in hand early, Frank Martin was able to get minutes to a lot of different players. 13 different players saw action and nine of them scored. In fact, nine different players saw 15 minutes or more of playing time against the Bearcats.
The tale of two halves
The game was over at halftime with USC up 53-16. Lander, to it’s credit, played hard until the final horn and actually outscored the Gamecocks 46-37 in the second half. A lot of that is because of the aforementioned clearing of the benches, but the Bearcats deserved a battle badge for not folding.
Because of D2 rules Lander had to take a full week off of practice during the Christmas break. That meant they couldn’t practice legally until midnight Tuesday. Bearcats coach Steve Roberts put his team through a midnight to 2AM workout to prepare for the game, then went through a brief walk through around 8:00 in the morning. All of that lead up to the 7:00 tip off.
USC will play at Memphis Friday night. The game tips off at 9:00 and will be televised by ESPNU.
Here’s what Frank Martin had to say after the win: