This game of runs and fun saw the athleticism of Archie (3-pointer), Holmes (4) and LaKeem Jackson (5) scored 12 of the 16 points in the early second half run.
Ben Drayton scored 15 and Willie Powers scored 14 to pace the Eagles, who saw their coach issuing enthusiastic, sometimes very animated instructions and gestures throughout the ballgame. It was clear that Young was preparing his team for a optimistic season in the Southern Conference, never offering a moment for the team to concede a game decided early in the second half. [final stats]
Coach Horn could be pleased to watch his team play through an early slump to take control of the game through aggressive defense, floor communication and improved shot selection in the half court and during transitions. Another good test for the Cocks who placed several players on the court early to gain the much needed major college arena experience. In this case, to experience a little adversity and participate in playing through it. Another win for the intangibles of the game of basketball.
The only concern continues to be the perimeter shooting from players other than Archie and Downey. The season has not yet offered a consistent performer in this area. Looking for Ross to try and fill that void from the regular player rotation.
Next for the Gamecocks, the LaSalle Explorers, in the Charleston Classic Thursday night. LaSalle will offer another test, with more obstacles and the first road game for the newcomers on this team, along with the tournament format that will offer back to back game nights to examine the stamina of this unit.