Monday, November 25, 2013
Better Scoring Balance, Better Results for Gamecocks (Recap of Florida International vs. South Carolina Game)
Last season, only one player, Brenton Williams, averaged double figures in scoring for the entire season. The lack of balanced scoring resulted in the Gamecocks averaging 66 points per game, which was eighth in the SEC in 2012-13. However, when you are twelfth in the SEC in scoring defense at 68.9 points per game, you're not going to win many games in conference. And thus, the Gamecocks only won four games in the SEC all season.
The announced crowd of 9,869 saw the Gamecocks take an early 7-3 lead as Kacinas and Demetrius Henry combined for all seven points. But the Golden Panthers responded with Buckles scoring seven of the first eleven FIU points. A Buckles jumper gave the Golden Panthers an 11-9 lead.
The Golden Panthers answered with a 10-2 run, with Marco Porcher Jiminez scoring six of their points. FIU was back up 29-25 with 7:56 left in the half. The Gamecocks, who were last in the SEC last season in FG percentage defense at 45.2 percent, allowed the Golden Panthers to hit on ten of their first fourteen shots.
The second half started with Florida International actually extending their lead to their largest of the game, five, 44-39 on two Jerome Frink free throws. South Carolina would score the next six points, the last of which came on a Kacinas layup to put the Gamecocks back in front, 45-44. However, the Golden Panthers would regain the lead twice over the next four minutes, leading 51-49 with thirteen minutes left in the game.
But FIU would not get any closer. The Gamecocks clamped down on the Golden Panthers, as FIU would not score a field goal for more than six and a half minutes and only scored thirty points in the entire second half. By the time Florida International finally scored on a basket by Jiminez, the score was 69-65 South Carolina with 1:53 left in the game. The Gamecocks would hit thirteen of fifteen free throws the rest of the way and Thornwell ended the scoring with an emphatic dunk as South Carolina would win 84-72.
As far as a Moody Blues album title that covers that, well there is "Long Distance Voyager".