Records come tumbling down in USC win

For all of his shyness, USC center Brandon Wallace knew exactly what was on the line when the Gamecocks took the court against Ole Miss Saturday night. Wallace was four blocked shots away from becoming USC's career leader in blocks and taking down Danny Traylor's 33-year old record.

"I was aware when I broke it cause I was counting, four," Wallace said. "I had four, and I said I needed one more. So that was it, I was counting."

Wallace, who broke the record mid-way through the first half, finished the game with seven of the team's ten blocked shots on the night.

Fellow senior Tre' Kelley knew how many storylines were mixed into the night, including his own rewrite of the record books. Kelley, a Washington, D.C. native, scored 28 points on the evening, which placed him at 12th all-time at USC for career scoring leaders. His total of 1,426 points moved him past former Gamecock great Melvin Watson. Kelley is now 15 points behind former Gamecock Jo Jo English for 11th all-time on the scoring list and could move into the top 10 before season's end.

"As you go along you probably do break a couple of records or set a few things that people will never forget," Kelley said. "I just came out, and it just happened to be Melvin Watson whose scoring points (record) I broke. Like Brandon did, that's very special on Senior Night to come out and do what he did tonight. He's a great competitor."

Kelley, who seldom speaks of his own accolades, acknowledged that despite the season's struggles, the records on Senior Night were a great accomplishment.

"It just meant a lot to go out here and lead my basketball team as well as I could and play the best that I can," Kelley said. "Every record at a school you break or pass somebody in any statistical category is very special. You've got great guys who played before you, you have great guys who will come after you."

Especially important for Coach Dave Odom was the ability he saw from his seniors to accomplish great things even in the face of adversity.

"They've been remarkable kids to work with," Odom said. "They've been remarkable players. They've been resilient. They're talented. They've taken ownership with the program here. They're Gamecocks forever."

But for Wallace, who has also scored in 72 straight games, records could have been put aside as long as the team secured another victory.

"The best thing about the whole night was the win. Mississippi, they were tied for first. That was a good basketball team out of the West," Wallace said. "The record, like I said, just leaving your mark on the program to say that you did it when you get older, show your kids, that's what it's all about. I Couldn't have planned it any better."

Kelley, who has scored 21 points or more in five of the last six games, knows that Senior Night was all about leadership.

"This year we had three great seniors who did a lot for the program and to be able to come out with the win and have Brandon Wallace break the record at the same time," Kelley said. "For us to come out on senior night and play the way we did as a unit and as seniors is very special. It was very important that we came out and led our basketball team tonight. And I think we did that pretty good."

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