Carlos Powell wanted to go 3-0 against his arch rival, Michael Boynton 4-0, and they did. Powell scored 23 points, had six steals, and hit two back breaking jumpers to put the Tigers away as the Gamecocks beat Clemson 76-61 Saturday night.
It was the Gamecocks' (8-0) fourth straight win over the Tigers who had notched six consecutive wins against the Cocks prior to this run by USC.. 8-0 is also the best start for South Carolina since their 1971 superteam led by John Roche, Bobby Cremins and Tom Riker.
Dave Odom used his team's quickness and speed to stun Clemson with 17 steals, forcing the Tigers into 27 turnovers, and neutralizing the CU power game by denying the easy pass down to the low post. It was a perfectly executed gameplan on the defensive side of the ball by the USC coaching staff and their players.
The Gamecocks went on a 20-6 run from the eleven minute mark of the second half not letting up on the Tigers until almost the four minute mark ... the game was all but over by that point - taking a thirteen point lead 63-50.
Clemson would narrow the spread by four with a pair of frees and a jumper but Carlos Powell would shag an errant pass from Terrance Kinsley for an easy layin to put the Gamecocks back up 65-54 and the game would never be closer.
Clemson's backcourt failed to score from the field in the second half and were dominated by the pressure 3-2 collapsing SC defense.
Josh Gonner added 13, Tarence Kinsey 11 after starting cold, and Kerbrell Brown popped in another ten including a big three for the Gamecocks after returning from his one game suspension.
Dave Odom won his ninth in a row over the Tigers, including six at Wake Forest, and in the process improved his record at Little John to 9-5.
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