LINE SCORE

Half 1 2 FINAL
#13 Florida 35 46 81
South Carolina 33 33 66

RECAP

Fans around Columbia have been in full panic mode for the last two weeks. The Gamecocks have been struggling losing three of the last four games, including one in 4OT to Alabama. Despite the recent struggles, South Carolina beat Florida on January 18th in Columbia.

First Half

The first half started miserably for South Carolina as Florida came out hot hitting seven of their first ten shots. Sindarius Thornwell was quiet to start the game after earning a spot on the bench with two quick fouls. The same problems that have plagued South Carolina were very present in the first 12 minutes or so in the game. Poor ball screen defense, bad fouls, and the hesitation to take easy jumpers gave Florida the chance to stretch a 12 point lead. South Carolina surged on the back of Sindarius Thornwell with a 17-2 run to briefly take the lead before half. Florida lead at halftime 35-33.

Second Half

The second half started hot for Florida hitting threes and forcing turnovers on the defensive end. Maik Kotsar was sent to the bench due to foul trouble forcing Sedee Keita to play increased minutes. Keita consistently turned the ball over and fouled, letting Florida get out to a big lead half way through the second half. Shortly after, Chris Silva earned his fourth foul as well. The small lineup that South Carolina was forced to play completely lost the ability to rebound.

The loss was a combination of many things that have haunted this team since early February. The inability to guard three point shooters, the inability to get through a ball screen, and the inability to make open shots prevented South Carolina from competing. With seven minutes remaining in the game, four of the five starters for the Gamecocks had four fouls. If South Carolina wants to get back to their winning ways, they have to find a way not to foul.

Are The Gamecocks Done?

With each loss, South Carolina digs themselves into a deeper hole in regards to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, a similar collapse kept the 25 win Gamecocks out of the tournament. The loss to Florida shouldn’t hurt the Gamecocks RPI that much, but the confidence of this bunch is disappearing with each loss. South Carolina has Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss remaining on it’s schedule. South Carolina owns wins against all of the schools left to play and could easily win out. The NCAA Tournament is still in the hands of the Gamecocks, but they control their own destiny.

FLORIDA BOX SCORE

STARTERS

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

K. Hayes

F

3-4

0-0

1-2

3

3

6

0

3

0

4

4

7

J. Leon

F

3-7

2-4

0-0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

8

D. Robinson

F

5-9

3-6

1-1

0

6

6

1

2

3

1

2

14

K. Allen

G

5-7

3-5

13-14

0

7

7

3

2

1

2

0

26

K. Hill

G

4-10

0-1

2-2

0

2

2

2

1

0

4

4

10

BENCH

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

K. Stone

F

1-2

0-1

0-0

3

0

3

2

0

0

1

4

2

S. Rimmer

C

1-3

0-0

0-2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

2

C. Barry

G

0-3

0-1

0-0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

C. Chiozza

G

3-6

1-1

5-6

0

3

3

4

1

0

2

2

12

TEAM

25-51

9-19

22-27

10

24

34

13

9

4

16

21

81

 

49.0%

47.4%

81.5%

SOUTH CAROLINA BOX SCORE

STARTERS

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

M. Kotsar

F

2-6

0-0

0-0

0

2

2

0

1

0

1

4

4

C. Silva

F

2-4

0-0

4-6

0

0

0

0

1

0

4

5

8

P. Dozier

G

4-16

0-4

0-0

1

3

4

3

2

0

2

3

8

D. Notice

G

5-11

2-6

4-5

2

0

2

2

0

0

1

1

16

S. Thornwell

G

6-12

0-1

11-11

3

7

10

2

3

0

0

4

23

BENCH

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

S. Keita

F

1-3

0-0

0-0

1

5

6

0

0

1

3

3

2

J. McKie

G

1-1

1-1

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

3

T. Blanton

G

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

R. Felder

G

0-1

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

1

0

H. Gravett

G

0-1

0-1

0-0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

TEAM

22-56

3-14

19-22

11

18

29

8

7

1

15

22

66

 

39.3%

21.4%

86.4%

Statistics via Basketball Reference

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