COLUMBIA, S.C. — Year 5 of the Frank Martin era opened with a 85-76 win over Louisiana Tech at Colonial Life Arena on Friday night.
South Carolina’s trio of P.J. Dozier, Duane Notice and Sindarius Thornwell set the pace, combining for 52 points
Player of the game
Thornwell did a little bit of everything, scoring a game-high 18 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and handing out 6 assists. The senior from Lancaster, S.C. also committed 6 of the Gamecocks 15 turnovers.
Stat line of the game
Notice, who finished with 17 points, scored at an efficient rate, making 3 of 6 3-pointers and all 6 free-throws. His only attempted field goal from inside the arc was good, too.
With 18:20 to play in the first half, Maik Kotsar followed up Thornwell’s missed jumper with an easy lay-up for South Carolina’s first points of the season. The Gamecocks took a 2-1 lead and didn’t trail the rest of the night.
South Carolina is back in action at home on Sunday at 6 o’clock when Holy Cross travels to Colonial Life Arena. The game will be televised by SEC Network.