Countdown to tip: Carolina vs. Davidson



South Carolina will try to recover Friday night after losing its first game of the season to Colorado State 85-53 on Thursday night. In Friday’s matchup at the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic, South Carolina meets Davidson, who lost 89-66 to the College of Charleston.

The Gamecocks got off to a slow start in their first loss of the season (2-1) and stuck themselves in a hole as they trailed 40-19 by the end of the first half. South Carolina tried to get back in the game in the second half as the threes started to fall, but the Rams continued to find success in the paint and didn’t let the Gamecocks get back into the game.

Tipoff between the Gamecocks and Wildcats (3-1) is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNews.

Game Information

Arena: TD Arena (5,100)
Time: 19:30 o’clock
Train station: ESPNews
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Transmission: Jay Alter and Debbie Antonelli
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Live Stats: click here

Gamecock Notes:

— In Thursday night’s loss to Colorado State, South Carolina couldn’t keep their opponent out of contention as 54 of their 85 points came from below. In the first half, 30 of the Rams’ 40 points came from inside the paint.

— Student in the first year GG Jackson had a strong game against Colorado State on Thursday night in Charleston. Jackson scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field. Jackson also pulled seven rebounds, which was a team high Thursday night.

— South Carolina struggled with turnovers against Colorado State as it would turn over the ball 16 times. The Rams would convert those 16 turnovers into 19 points.

— The Gamecocks had only one of their players to score double digits, as Jackson, with his 20 points, was the only Gamecock to score 10 or more. Guard Jacobi Wright was the second-best scorer for South Carolina when he had eight points in 27 minutes of the game.

– South Carolina will not play on Saturday and will speak again on Sunday. Tip for Sunday’s matchup is yet to be determined, as is who the Gamecocks will be up against.

Exploring the Wildcats:

— Davidson is managed by Matt McKillopwho is in his first season as head coach of the Wildcats. Matt McKillop is the son of the former head coach of Davidson, Bob McKillop.

— In Thursday night’s 89-66 loss to the College of Charleston, the Wildcats saw three of their players score in double digits. Forward Sam Mennenga scored 19 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. Guard Grant Huffman was the Wildcats’ second-best scorer with 17 points. The other double-digit scorer for Davidson was guard Connor Kochera, who scored 12 points.

— Against the Cougars, the Wildcats shot 43 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc in 4-of-11 shooting. 32 of the Wildcats’ 66 points came from inside the paint. Davidson’s bench was outplayed 44-13 Thursday night and would also turn the ball 17 times.

— All of the Wildcats’ three double-digit goalscorers from Thursday night averaged double digits in four games during the 2022-23 season. The Wildcats’ top scorer, Guard Nurse Loyer, scored just four points in 28 minutes of play against the Cougars. Loyer has averaged 22.3 points per game this season. In the first two games of the season, Loyer scored 30 or more points.

Quotes:

“We didn’t play well in many aspects of the game tonight. Didn’t play well, didn’t fight well. That’s the only thing that really bothers me. Sometimes you won’t play well. We didn’t get the ball around the basket and finished around the rim like we wanted or can. We didn’t kick the ball like we could. These are not decisions. Competition is a choice. We just didn’t choose to compete, except a few times where we had a little excitement offensively. South Carolina head coach Lamont Paris about losing to Colorado State

“We just didn’t have the body language of a team ready to make a comeback. It wasn’t even an insurmountable trail. It was whatever it was at halftime, 20 or somewhere halftime. Is it ideal? no Is it insurmountable? Absolutely not. Maybe we don’t have enough boys, they don’t know that. If they don’t, they know because I said so, they don’t believe it because they weren’t the cause of a real comeback in their career, a lot of these guys. Body language and facial expressions are the first things I look at.” More from Paris on Thursday night’s loss to the Rams

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