I just arrived inside a nearly empty Humphrey Coliseum for Mississippi State’s final home game of the year. Seniors Colin Borchert and Tyson Cunningham were both honored in a pregame ceremony. The Bulldogs are in their home whites while South Carolina is clad in garnet. Today’s game will be televised on SEC-TV. It was announced before the game that De’Runnya Wilson’s basketball season is over and will now focus on football.
Cunningham led a beautiful national anthem.
As I wrote in the game preview, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is suspended for today’s game by the university after using inappropriate language to his players.
South Carolina: 11-19, 4-13
0- Sindarius Thornwell, G, 6-5, 206, Fr.
1- Brenton Williams, G, 5-11, 172, Sr.
21- Demetrius Henry, F, 6-9, 215, Fr.
24- Michael Carrera, F, 6-5, 212, So.
25- Mindaugas Kacinas, F, 6-7, 210, So.
Mississippi State: 13-17, 3-14
4- Trivante Bloodman, G, 6-0, 186, Jr.
15- I.J. Ready, G, 5-11, 165, Fr.
20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 262, So.
25- Roquez Johnson, F, 6-7, 207, Jr.
32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 193, So.
Thornwell starts the game with a 3-pointer for the Gamecocks.
18:46 5-0 USC Thornwell 5 points
This is the smallest crowd I’ve ever seen for a men’s conference game at MSU.
Cunningham and Borchert check into the game for State.
Johnson ends the Gamecocks 7-0 run to start the game with a pair of free throws.
Williams drains a 3-pointer extending USC’s lead to 10.
14:45 16-4 USC Thornwell 7 points
Gabe Jackson honored with the Hull and Conorly Trophies during the timeout.
Williams dials up another 3-pointer extending the lead to 11.
11:33 21-12 USC Williams 8 points
Fred Thomas hits a trey cutting the lead to six.
Bloodman also hits a 3-pointer cutting the deficit back down to seven.
7:56 27-18 USC Thornwell 9 points
Sword with an incredible drive to the basket and layup.
3:49 31-25 USC Thornwell 11 points
Borchert cuts the lead to 3 with an old fashioned 3-point play.
0:37 34-29 USC Thornwell 13 points
13 of USC’s 19 rebounds are on the offensive end.
HALFTIME: SOUTH CAROLINA 36, MISSISSIPPI STATE 29
FG% USC 43; MSU 53
3PT% USC 30; MSU 40
FT% USC 20; MSU 75
Rebounds: USC 19; MSU 14
Turnovers: USC 5; MSU 12
Pts off TOs: USC 10; MSU 11
2nd Chance: USC 13; MSU 6
Bench Pts: USC 1; MSU 9
Paint Pts: USC 24; MSU 14
Fast break: USC 2; MSU 4
Individual scoring: USC – Sindarius Thornwell 15, Brenton Williams 8, Mindaugas Kacinas 8, Demetrius Henry 2, Michael Carrera 2, Duane Notice 1; MSU – Colin Borchert 6, Craig Sword 5, Trivante Bloodman 5, I.J. Ready 4, Roquez Johnson 4, Fred Thomas 3, Gavin Ware 2
Thomas replaces Bloodman in the starting five for the second half.
MSU has cut the lead down to three now.
18:15 36-35 USC Thornwell 15 points
Bulldogs force a shot clock violation out of the timeout.
A Sword runner gives MSU its first lead of the day at 37-36.
Sword gets the offensive rebound and stick back. Sword also draws the foul and hits the free throw pushing the lead to four.
Notice answers right back with a 3-pointer however.
15:36 42-39 MSU Thornwell 15 points
Hump was rocking heading into the timeout but marketing kills the momentum with a promotion.
Thomas drills another 3 from the corner pushing the lead to six.
Williams hits a 3-pointer cutting MSU’s lead to just one. That’s a 7-0 run for the Gamecocks.
12:51 47-46 MSU Thornwell 17 points
Williams hits another trey tying it up at 49.
Thornwell also hits a 3-pointer giving the Gamecocks back the lead.
10:43 52-49 USC Thornwell 20 points
Cunningham hit a jumper from the free throw line cutting the lead to one.
Williams answers with his fifth and sixth 3-pointers to push the lead to seven.
Henry picks up his fourth foul with 9:10 to go.
Williams just hit his seventh 3-pointer, this one by far the deepest, to extend South Carolina’s lead to 10.
7:50 61-51 USC Williams 23 points
Williams is now 7 of 12 from downtown
Gamecocks have 2 players from Lithuania, 1 from Venezuela and 1 from Canada
Kacinas picks up his fourth foul with 4:33 to go. Thornwell also has four fouls.
3:57 62-58 USC Williams 23 points
2:21 64-58 USC Williams 23 points
0:58 68-61 USC, MSU ball
0:27 72-61 USC, MSU ball
FINAL: SOUTH CAROLINA 74, MISSISSIPPI STATE 62