Sindarius Thornwell did what he has done all season long for South Carolina basketball on Friday night.
He just did it in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in his first experience playing in March Madness, lifting and willing South Carolina to a 30-point turnaround and a 93-73 win against Marquette.
The SEC player of the year was so good that Bleacher Report named him the top performer in the first round.
“Not only did Thornwell put together the best individual performance of the weekend from an individual numbers standpoint, but he also put South Carolina on his back to help them to the program’s first NCAA Tournament win in 44 years,” wrote Scott Phillips. “That’s the stuff of legends and it’s the reason Thornwell is the easy choice for this list.”
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2017
Thornwell scored 29 points in the win for the Gamecocks, exuding emotions throughout a wild second half that saw South Carolina roll to its first NCAA Tournament win since 1973.
Thornwell also pulled down 11 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive end.
South Carolina faces Duke at 8:45 p.m. Sunday night at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville for a spot in the Sweet 16.