Feb. 27, 2005
The .353 free throw percentage for USC is their lowest total this season. Their previous low was .417 (5-12 vs. Tennessee on 2-23) The Gamecocks have combined to hit 11 of their last 29 free throws in their last two games. (.379)
The loss was Carolina’s second this season at home in conference play and third overall. (Auburn and Clemson)
The 13 rebounds by Carlos Powell tied his season high and it is also the highest total he has recorded against an SEC opponent. He has recorded five or more boards in 19 games this season. Powell also scored 18 points. It was his 5th double-double of the season and his ninth career. The game today was his 124th all time, one shy of Mike Boynton’s school record. He now has 1,384 points in his career which is the 13th most in the school’s history. He is 16 points away from 12th Kevin Joyce, 40 points from 11th Melvin Watson, 55 points from 10th Jo Jo English, and 61 from 9th place Terry Dozier.
David Lee last season against Carolina in Columbia totaled 21 points and 14 rebounds. Today he totaled 13 points and 14 boards. He has 34 points and 28 rebounds in his last two games against the Gamecocks in Columbia. He has 64 points and 43 rebounds in the four games overall.
Today’s attendance was 11,668 – the 21st crowd out of 23 total in the last 3 years to top 10,000.
The 5 assists by Tre Kelley are the most assists he’s had since the UF game where he had 5 and the second most since he’s had since he had a season-high 8 vs. UGA on Jan. 8. The 17 points he scored is the most he has scored since scoring 22 against Mississippi State on 1-22-05.
USC took the lead in the locker room for the first time since the Gamecocks defeated No. 3 UK (half time – 25-23) … The 37 points are the most points USC has scored since having 44 vs. Georgia Jan. 8 … The 27 points by Florida is their lowest first half total this season … Their previous halftime low was 30 points against Tennessee and Mississippi State.
USC has hit 6 or more 3 pointers in only 2 of its last 7 games (other game was Alabama, 9)
USC started forwards Tisby, Powell and Balkman and guards Kelley and Gonner. This is the first time USC has used this line-up this year. It snaps a 28 game consecutive starting streak for Tarence Kinsey. It is the fourth career start for Tisby and the 40th career start for Gonner – both new to the line-up.