Efficiency Rating: Morgan State

Gamecock Anthem will track the efficiency of the team all season long to help fans track how efficient each player has been game-by-game. The new-look Gamecocks played their second of the season Friday with a win over Morgan State. Check out to see just how efficient the Gamecocks were in the 87-71 win.

A quick way NBA coaches measure a player's game performance is by evaluating his efficiency. In order to find a player's efficiency the following formula is used:

((Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) - ((Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) + Turnovers)).

For example, compare the following stat lines:

Player A: 17 points (5-of-22 FG, 7-9 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers.

Player B: 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT), 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 turnovers

Who had the better game? Using the NBA formula player B, who hit five of eight shots and committed two turnovers registered a +20 efficiency total while Player A who missed 17 shots and had four turnovers had just a +11 rating.

For reference, two seasons ago LeBron James posted the two most efficient games of the season with a +54 (37 points on 11-of-17 FG & 9-10 FT, 12 rebounds, 11 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers) and +50 (40 points on 16-of-23 FG & 6-6 FT, 8 rebounds, 8 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers) rating.


Friday's Game:
-Lashay Page 19
-Lakeem Jackson 15
-R.J. Slawson 15
-Brian Richardson 11
-Eric Smith 9
-Brenton Williams 8
-Damien Leonard 7
-Mindaugas Kacinas 2
Team Rating: 86
Morgan State's Rating: 67

Last Game: -Michael Carrera 27
-Mindaugas Kacinas 21
-Lakeem Jackson 13
-Brenton Williams 9
-LaShay Page 8
-Eric Smith 2
-R.J. Slawson 15
-Brian Richardson 1
-Damien Leonard 0
Team Rating: 82
Milwaukee Rating: 69

Notes: With the absence of South Carolina's most efficient player from the first game - Michael Carrera - Lakeem Jackson became the overall rating leader by 1 point over Carrera. ... Jackson was the lone Gamecock to log over 30 minutes. ... Senior transfer LaShay Page led the Gamecocks with the most efficient night with a rating of 19. His rating was the third highest two games into the season. ... Both teams shot above 50 percent from the field (South Carolina at 52.6 and Morgan State at 53.8), but the Gamecocks shot 6 of 16 (37.5 percent) from 3, while the Bears shot 2 of 13 (15.4 percent). Both teams turned the ball over 19 times with South Carolina be edged 13-10 in the assists category. ... The Gamecocks increased their rating by 4 from the first game, and decreased their opponents rating by 2.

Season Ratings (Per Game):
-Michael Carrera 27* (27)
-Lakeem Jackson 28 (14)
-LaShay Page 27 (13.5)
-Mindaugas Kacinas 23 (11.5)
-Brenton Williams 17 (8.5)
-R.J. Slawson 16 (8)
-Eric Smith 11 (5.5)
-Brian Richardson 11 (5.5)
-Damien Leonard 7 (3.5)

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