COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina basketball has a well-deserved reputation for its stifling 3-point defense. But it was all about the 3-point shooting for the Gamecocks on Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena and the shots came in bunches from the senior guard trio.
Sindarius Thornwell, Duane Notice and Justin McKie combined for 14 3-pointers, blitzing by South Carolina’s season-high 12 and the No. 24 Gamecocks (16-4, 6-1) cruised to an easy 98-69 victory against Auburn.
For Thornwell, it was his second straight outstanding game after he scored a career-high 34 points at Kentucky on Saturday. He finished with 22 against Auburn, as Notice was much more the story. The senior guard has battled shooting struggles all season, but was perfect from deep in the first half and hit a pair more in the second as he matched a season high with 27 points and 6 3-pointers.
McKie hit a pair 3-pointers midway through the first half, propelling the Gamecocks into the lead and on their way to an easy win.
South Carolina was 10 for 16 from 3-point range in the first half, with Notice and Thornwell having 4 each.
Sophomore guard Hassani Gravett was the lone non-senior Gamecock to hit a 3-pointer, when he made No. 15 for South Carolina with 3:14 to play.
Player of the game
The senior guard has been struggling from the field lately, but was instrumental in South Carolina’s furious first-half shooting. He hit all 4 of his 3-point attempts before halftime, hitting a pair early and a pair late in the half.
South Carolina held a 22-19 lead midway through the first half, but then the 3-point barrage took flight. Thornwell hit, McKie hit twice, Thornwell hit two more and South Carolina went on a 20-6 run fueled by its incredible 3-point shooting.
What’s next for South Carolina basketball
South Carolina heads west to face Missouri at 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday.