South Carolina Wins 1st NCAA Game in 44 Years
The South Carolina men's basketball team won their 1st NCAA tournament game since 1973 as they beat Marquette 93-73 to advance to the second round. The Gamecocks were led by senior Sindarius Thornwell, who had 29 points and 11 rebounds on the day.
The Gamecocks trailed 40-39 at the half as Marquette went 8-16 from the three-point line. The Gamecocks refused to give up, however, outscoring the Golden Eagles 54-33 in the second half alone. P.J. Dozier had 21 points in the game, Chris Silva and Duane Notice each had 10.
Marquette was led by Jajuan Johnson who had 16 points in the game.
One of the things that most stood out during the game was the electric crowd. Primarily Gamecock fans, the atmosphere could've been mistaken for a night at Colonial Life Arena... and the players say the crowd is a huge part of why they were able to make history tonight.
"This game right here is a classic," Rakym Felder said. "This goes down in history so we just wanna thank our fans for coming out and supporting us in this big environment."
P.J. Dozier said, "We had to toughen up and play Gamecock basketball like we did earlier on in the season. Getting the big wins against Syracuse, the Michigans... that's when we play tough and we had to get back to that."
"Just the fact that the fans came out and showed so much love and support... shoutout to them and kudos to them for the way they came and supported us and showed us love," said senior Justin McKie.
"It's March!" said Sindarious Thornwell, who had 29 points in the game. "You never know what's gonna happen in the game and your mind's gotta be locked in and focused on the task."
The Gamecocks will take on the 2-seed and ACC Champs Duke Blue Devils in the second round. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:40 pm EST in Greenville.