South Carolina vs. USC Upstate Game Notes (11/22/08)
Nov. 22, 2008
Carolina improves to 271-104 (.722) all-time against mid-major Division I schools from the state of South Carolina (does not include Clemson, a series that the Gamecocks lead 86-72). The Gamecocks haven't lost to an in-state mid-major program since dropping an 85-81 decision to Charleston Southern on Dec. 28, 1996.
Charleston Southern - 7-1
The game is South Carolina's first against a school from the USC-campus system (Aiken, Beaufort, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, Union, Upstate).
South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn becomes just the fourth coach in Carolina history to win his first three regular season games, joining Branch Bobcock (3-0, 1925), Ted Petoskey (3-0, 1936) and Johnnie McMillan (5-0, 1944) as former coaches to match the feat.
Zam Fredrick set season-highs with 23 points and nine made field goals, surpassing the 17 points and seven made field goals in the season opener against Jacksonville State. Fredrick also tied a career-high with three steals in the game.
Devan Downey matched his season-high with six assists in the game, giving him 17 in South Carolina's first three games this season.
Mike Holmes, the SEC-leader in offensive rebounds a game (5.50/game), pulled down seven offensive boards. He finished with 12 total rebounds, his second consecutive game with double-digit boards.
For the third-straight game to start the season, all five starters registered a steal. During the 2007-08 season, Carolina's starters did this only four times (vs. Campbell, at Vanderbilt, at Georgia, at Florida and the season-finale against Tennessee in the SEC semifinals).