Nov. 22, 2007
South Carolina, celebrating its 100th season of Gamecock basketball, will play North Carolina State in the second round of the Old Spice Classic on Fri., Nov. 23 at 12:30 pm on ESPN2. It will be South Carolina's second straight appearance on ESPN2 in as many days. It will be the two schools 77th career meeting as they both played in the ACC prior to USC joining the SEC in 1991. Carolina coach Dave Odom is 20-11 vs. the `Pack (11-2 H, 8-8 A, 1-1 N). His 31 career games include: a 1-1 at USC; 19-7 at Wake Forest; 0-3 at East Carolina.
The South Carolina-North Carolina State game will be shown live on ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi and Len Elmore making the call. It is the third of 21 appearances South Carolina will make on television this year. It can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Casey Manning (color analyst). In addition, it can be picked up via the internet at www.gamecocksonline.com.
South Carolina last played in a Thanksgiving Weekend tournament in 2005 when it made the finals of the ESPN-televised Great Alaska Shootout with wins over Alaska-Anchorage and Monmouth before falling to Marquette in the championship game 92-89 in overtime.
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South Carolina's Josh Gonner set a new career-high with 19 points, even though he didn't score in the last 15:30 of the game. Brown had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds and Powell also ended the game with 11 points. Julius Hodge led the Wolfpack with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Levi Watkins had 12 points and Engin Atsur added 10 for North Carolina State.
It was the Wolfpack's first trip to the Capital City of South Carolina since February 17, 1971. That year was South Carolina's last year in the ACC. It was also the first team from Tobacco Road to come to Columbia since North Carolina State came in 1971. The visit by N.C. State to Columbia is the first by an ACC team other than Clemson since playing Maryland on December 5, 1988. The Gamecocks won that game 57-51.
The Wolfpack trailed by 10 points before going on a 17-2 run over seven minutes that put them up 48-43 with seven minutes to play. But that's when Powell took over. Powell capped his nine straight points by forcing a steal, then taking a pass from Michael Bonyton, Jr. and hitting a reverse layup as he was fouled. After hitting the free throw, South Carolina led 52-50 with 2:31 left.
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Gamecocks Celebrate 100 Years of Basketball
The year-long celebration will culminate Feb. 22-23 with a very special weekend celebration that will create new memories. In addition to USC's game against Mississippi State on Sat., Feb. 23, the weekend will feature a former players reunion, an alumni game, an autograph session and a lettermen's banquet with great food and old stories that will stir the hearts of everyone.
Carolina started at least two freshmen in 21 of 30 games last season. USC started three freshmen against No. 25 Kentucky on Jan. 16, 2007 in Columbia.
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