COLUMBIA, S.C. – There was no stress and no need for overtime this time for South Carolina basketball on Friday night.
The Gamecocks (4-0) raced out to an early lead against South Carolina State and never looked back, winning 92-50 at Colonial Life Arena.
The performance was wildly different from South Carolina’s last time out, a hotly contested, overtime affair that took a P.J. Dozier buzzer beater to lift USC over Monmouth. The Gamecocks clicked offensively at a much higher rate Friday than they did Tuesday, likely in part a product of a having a day Wednesday after playing three games in five days.
Senior guard Sindarius Thornwell led the way with 22 points, scoring 12 in a row late in the first half with a pair of 3-pointers, a pair of layups and a pair of free throws.
Freshman Maik Kotsar had his best showing of the season with eight first-half points on his way to a 15-point, 8-rebound game.
Player of the game
The South Carolina big man started strong, hit all seven of his field-goal attempts on his way to the aforementioned 15-point, 8-rebound night.
South Carolina State struck first when Eric Eaves hit a 3-pointer. South Carolina scored the next 13 points and ran away with the game.
Stat line of the game
South Carolina entered Friday night shooting 71.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Gamecocks went 18 for 21, good for 85.7 percent.
— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) November 19, 2016
What’s next for South Carolina basketball
South Carolina hosts Michigan at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Colonial Life Arena
South Carolina vs. South Carolina State box score