Justin McKie continues to have success in Costa Rica and, in turn, so do the Gamecocks.
For the second straight game, the senior guard led South Carolina with 17 points. This time, he added 10 rebounds to record a double-double to lead the Gamecocks to an 83-64 win in the second game with the Costa Rican national team on Monday night.
Associate head coach Matt Figger, who is acting as the head coach in Costa Rica, said he was pleased with the tempo of the game.
“We were able to run and score in transition,” Figger said in a release. “I think we did a good job of attacking the paint from passing it inside to driving and kicking for open shots. It was a very physical game and I felt like our guys did a good job of handling the officiating and adjusting to how they were calling the game. The National Team came and played with a lot of passion and physicality because it was the second time playing us and they had a better feel for how we play.
“I thought our effort was the same as it has been since we started practicing for this tour – really good. We got good minutes and leadership from our returning guys and our new guys played better than I expected.”
Freshman forward Maik Kotsar added 14 points for South Carolina, while senior guard Duane Notice posted 13 and senior guard Sindarius Thornwell had seven rebounds.
Prior to the game, South Carolina hosted a clinic for the Special Olympics. It also had the opportunity to explore the city of San José before hosting a clinic for Special Olympics.
The Gamecocks will conclude their trip to Costa Rica with a practice with the Costa Rica national team on Thursday, once it returns to San José following two days of team building activities and exploration in Playa Conchal.
Mike Wilson covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on the Gamecocks.