South Carolina basketball has taken a complete transformation this week and been a national favorite among heartbroken fans looking for an underdog to pull for. For Gamecock fans, being in the Sweet 16 and facing Baylor is one of the most anticipated sporting events in South Carolina athletics history.
Starting the game, South Carolina’s “in your face” defense immediately impacted Baylor’s offense. The Bears went 1-8 to start the game, but the Gamecocks didn’t do much to take advantage of it. Sindarius Thornwell was poked in the eye on the first play of the game and was quiet for the opening several minutes. Halfway through the first half, the Gamecocks got it together on both ends of the floor going on a 18-0 run with help from Silva and Thornwell. South Carolina’s defense completely crippled Baylor, forcing bad shots and earning tough rebounds. South Carolina completely dominated and led 37-22 at halftime.
The second half didn’t change things much. Shots from PJ Dozier and Sindarius Thornwell set the pace for another Gamecock half. With about 13 minutes to go in the game, Baylor hit consecutive threes and forced two Gamecocks turnovers to make it an 11 point game. On the other end, Thornwell hit a three to calm a the Baylor 10-0 run. After a Notice three pointer, the lead was back to 17. With eight minutes to play, the Gamecocks decided to start playing pace and ran the clock down every possession. The lead remained in double digits for the remainder of the game, thanks to Sindarius Thornwell’s shooting and rebounding.
The win against Baylor was the 25th win of the season for the Gamecocks, tying a school record that was also tied last season. A win on Sunday would make the dream season the winningest in school history.
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