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Nov. 16, 2008

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With Sunday’s win, South Carolina now leads the all-time series 6-0 vs. Winthrop.

November 29, 1989   South Carolina (76) Winthrop (54)February 18, 1991   South Carolina (60) Winthrop (41)December 5, 1991    South Carolina (68) Winthrop (56)November 24, 2004   South Carolina (62) Winthrop (52)December 14, 2005   South Carolina (68) Winthrop (54)November 16, 2008   South Carolina (86) Winthrop (63)

South Carolina opened up the game with a 19-0 run against the Eagles. Winthrop started 0-for-9 from the field and did not make a basket until Byron Faison’s three-pointer with 12:07 remaining in the first half. The run also marked the second straight game that the Gamecocks have jumped out to a double-digit lead at the opening of a game. South Carolina started out with a 10-0 lead in the first four minutes of Friday’s win over Jacksonville State.

Sophomore forward Mike Holmes tallied his fifth career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Holmes last recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds on Mar. 14, 2008 vs. Tennessee at the SEC Tournament. In addition, Holmes reached double figures in rebounds for the seventh time at South Carolina. Holmes’ 13 boards tied for his second highest total at Carolina and the most since he recorded 13 on Feb. 23, 2008 in a 61-56 overtime loss to Mississippi State.

Senior guard Zam Fredrick opened up the second half with three consecutive three-point field goals made. Fredrick had nine of his 12 points in the second half.

Senior guard Branden Conrad made his first career start as a Gamecock in Sunday’s game vs. the Eagles and finished with a career-high six points. Conrad went 2-for-7 from the field. Conrad recorded the Gamecocks’ first basket of the game, a three-pointer that also was his first three-point field goal made of the season. He also tallied a career-high five assists and three steals.

Four of South Carolina’s five starters finished with double-digit points for the second consecutive game. Carolina’s leading scorer was junior guard, Devan Downey, who finished with 21 points. Also scoring in double figures was Holmes (14), junior forward Dominique Archie (12) and Fredrick (12). The same four Gamecock starters also scored in double-digits in Friday’s opener vs. Jacksonville State; Fredrick (17), Holmes (17), Archie (12) and Downey (12).

Sophomore forward Austin Steed made his first field goal in Sunday’s game before his first miss at 13:46 in the first half. Steed opened the season with six consecutive field goals made including a 5-for-5 performance first game vs. Jacksonville State. Steed finished Sunday’s game 4-for-6 from the field with eight points.