South Carolina Stuns Duke to Get to the Sweet 16
GREENVILLE, SC (WACH) -- The South Carolina men's basketball team won arguably the biggest game in program history as they advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament by beating (2)Duke 88-81 in front of a packed crowd at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
The Gamecocks struggled offensively in the first half, scoring just 23 points by halftime. Their defense, however, shined as they kept the Blue Devils to just 30 points to trail by seven at halftime.
In the second half, South Carolina came alive, scoring a whopping 65 points to seal the victory. After shooting just 20 percent in the first half, they shot an incredible 70 percent in the second, including being 4 for 5 from the three-point line.
South Carolina was led by Sindarius Thornwell who had 24 points on the day. Duane Notice had 17 points, Chris Silva scored 17, Rakym Felder added 15, and PJ Dozier scored 11 before fouling out in the second half.
Duke's leading scorer was Grayson Allen, who had 20 for the Blue Devils. Duke also struggled with fouling as starters Jayson Tatum, Luke Kennard, and Matt Jones all fouled out.
As you can imagine, the South Carolina Gamecocks are over the moon after the monstrous victory.
"This is the greatest basketball moment I've ever had and I'm just having fun and celebrating with my teammates," said Sindarius Thornwell.
"I mean, I'm still living so I don't know what's coming next!" Duane Notice said. "But, as of now, I never dreamt of this and, like Sin said, why not us?"
"I think I'll celebrate for a day," said senior Justin McKie. "I think we'll all celebrate for a day, but gotta get back to work. The job isn't finished. We wanna try and win this thing. We wanna try and go out and play as hard as we can. It's a one-game season. You win, you move on; you lose, you're out... so we're just taking it one game at a time."
The Gamecocks will play 3-seed Baylor in the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7:29 pm EST in New York City.