South Carolina Basketball: Gamecocks pick up huge win over good Virginia Tech squad

South Carolina Basketball Coach Lamont Paris Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Basketball Coach Lamont Paris Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /

South Carolina Basketball vs. Virginia Tech:
Statistics, Scoring, and Observations

Lamont Paris’ South Carolina basketball team had a great first half against Virginia Tech, but the defense fell apart down the stretch, erasing a double-digit deficit. In the end, the Gamecocks were able to score enough to hang on for the win over a good Virginia Tech squad.

Here are the stats from the game.

STATS

Virginia Tech

Points

Leader: Sean Pedulla with 28

Rebounds

Leader: Sean Pedulla with 9

Assists

Leader: Sean Pedulla with 5

Steals

Leader: Mekhi Long, Lynn Kidd, and MJ Collins with 2 each

Blocks

Leader: Robbie Beran with 1

Other

Hunter Cattoor went 4-12

South Carolina

Points

Leader: Myles Stute with 21

Rebounds

Leader: Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk with 7

Assists

Leader: Ta’Lon Cooper with 7

Steals

Leader: Zach Davis and Jacobi Wright with 1 each

Blocks

Leader: Zach Davis and Morris Ugusuk with 1 each

Other

BJ Mack scored 19 points and had 6 rebounds; Meechie Johnson scored 11 points, had 5 assists, and 4 rebounds; Ta’Lon Cooper and Jacobi Wright both scored 12 points on better than 50% shooting

BOX SCORE

OBSERVATIONS

  • Starters: Ta’Lon Cooper-Meechie Johnson-Myles Stute-BJ Mack-Stephen Clark
  • According to play-by-play man Derek Scott, Josh Gray was unavailable due to injury. To make up for his absence, Myles Stute played some minutes at the 4 next to BJ Mack and Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk.
  • The Gamecocks were excellent on the arc early, both offensively and defensively. Carolina made 4-5 to start the game from outside and held Virginia Tech to 1-10 from behind the arc in the first 10 minutes of the game.
    • The Gamecocks held Hunter Cattoor and Sean Pendulla to 3-14 (1-9) shooting in the first half.
    • Carolina had three players make multiple 3-point jumpers in the first half as they shot over 50% from behind the arc.
  • Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk played his role to perfection in the first half. He hustled, he rebounded (or boxed out so well that another Gamecock got the rebound), he defended, and when he had an opportunity to score, he made his only shot. In the second half, he didn’t play quite as much but still rebounded well, finishing with 7 in 15 minutes.
  • Myles Stute made his first four shots, including two 3-pointers. Ta’Lon Cooper started 3-4 with two long balls. Jacobi Wright made his first two, as well. Meechie Johnson didn’t shoot for his first ten minutes of the game, but he made both of his two attempts by the time the first half ended.
  • BJ Mack left the game momentarily after landing on a defender’s foot after a jump shot. He returned after about five minutes out of the game. He was fine offensively after returning but really struggled on defense to keep up with more athletic bigs like Lynn Kidd.
    • After a slow offensive start, Mack finished 9-16 from the field for 19 points.
  • Morris Ugusuk had a 20-second stint in the first half that encapsulates what South Carolina basketball fans might see from him this year: he had a really nice defensive recovery play in which he blocked a clean layup attempt, but he traveled on the other end. Ugusuk has a lot of potential but is still a somewhat raw prospect who needs more experience.
  • The defense fell apart over the last 12 minutes or so of the game. Switching on ball screens was not good as Sean Pedulla got any shot he wanted down the stretch. He set a new career-high in scoring with 28 points.
  • Jacobi Wright played over Meechie Johnson for most of the final minutes. Johnson had a few bad turnovers that did not make Coach Lamont Paris happy.
  • The Gamecocks did not get to the free throw line enough, shooting just 8 times from the line. They made 7 of them, though.
  • USC gave up too many guard rebounds. The smallest player on the court, Sean Pedulla, had 9 by himself.

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