March 15, 2005
Columbia, S.C. – The Gamecocks had four players in double figures. It is the first time since Carolina had four against Tennessee on February 23 in Knoxville and it is the sixth time this year with the Gamecocks posting a 4-2 mark in those six games.
The seven turnovers that both teams had are the lowest in a South Carolina NIT game by the Gamecocks and their opponent. The previous low in an USC NIT game was 10 by Carolina against NC State on 3-10-78 and 9 by Siena on 3-9-91. It also marked the lowest total of turnovers for the Gamecocks in a game this season. The season low for Carolina was 8 against Alabama on 2-19-05.
Carlos Powell moved into 7th place with 1213 career field goal attempts. Double figures for the 27th out of 29 games this year and 82 times in his career. He has now scored in 98 straight games, dating back to Mississippi State (3/2/02). Powell is now No. 8 on the all-time points list, passing Grady Wallace (1456 career points) He is 33 points away from 7th place on the all-time list. (1505, Art Wisnant, 1959-62)
The 13 3’s by Miami are the most against USC in an NIT game (old record: 7 by Vandy (3/18/96) and Syracuse (3/26/02). UM’s 5 3’s by Robert Hite are also an NIT record vs. the Gamecocks. Miami attempted 27 3-pointers which is the most against the Gamecocks in an NIT game. It’s the 4th time this year that Miami has hit 10 or more 3’s in a game and it tied their season high. 13 vs. UMASS and Wake Forest.
Tonight’s attendance was 6,307
The 36-33 lead for Carolina was their first halftime lead since leading 37-27 at the break against Florida (Feb. 27).
Brandon Wallace recorded four blocks on the night and is now 9th all-time in USC history 83 blocked shots. Wallace has 50 this year and posted 35 his freshman year. He moved pass Nate Davis who totaled 81 blocks in his career from 1974-77. He has a chance to be in the top seven before the end of the season. He is four blocks behind Bud Johnson who has 87 and three behind Jim Strickland who has 86.
Miami leads the series between the two schools, 5-3 and the game was the first between the two since Carolina took a 76-63 win on December 5, 1987. In three of the five Miami wins, the game was decided by one point.
Similar to the 2002 NIT, the Gamecocks opened the first round of the tournament against an ACC opponent. The Gamecocks faced Virginia in 2002 before facing UNLV. Carolina will face the winner of the UNLV-Arizona State. Those two teams will play on Thursday night at UNLV.