For just the second time in school history, USC is off to a 3-0 start in SEC play. They got there with a win at Tennessee Wednesday night. The last time the Gamecocks started 3-0 they won the regular season title and only lost on league game. That team was led by All-SEC guard B.J McKie, whose son Justin is a senior on this Gamecock squad. So yeah, it’s been a while since the Gamecocks have been down this path. That win over the Vols highlights tonight’s in-state college hoops recap.
USC downs the Vols in Rocky Top
Sindarius Thornwell scored 22 points to led the Gamecocks to a 70-60 win over Tennessee. Carolina is still undefeated this season in games Thornwell plays; all three losses came during his suspension. The Gamecocks won despite dealing with foul issues most of the night. PJ Dozier fouled out and Chris Silva, Maik Kotsar and Thornwell dealt with foul trouble most of the game. At one point USC committed three fouls in the span of three seconds. The settled down and finished the game with 26 personal fouls. The win was #200 for Frank Martin’s coaching career. The Gamecocks are now 13-3 and 3-0 in the SEC.
Winthrop blows out Blue Hose
Winthrop pounded Presbyterian 75-62 in Rock Hill. Keon Thompson scored 21 points and is now second on the Eagles all-time scoring list. He’s on pace to break the school record this season. The Eagles are 12-4 and 4-1 in the Big South. The Blue Hose dropped to 4-12 and are still winless in league play at 0-5.
Citadel falls to Chattanooga
The Citadel came up 10 points short at Chattnooga, losing 83-73. The Bulldogs are now 9-10 overall and 2-4 in the Southern Conference.
Charleston Southern gets a much needed win
Charleston Southern beat a solid Radford team 70-64 to earn its first Big South win of the season. Christian Keeling led the Bucs with an impressive 33 point game. CSU is now 5-11 overall and 1-4 in conference play.