The Providence Friars continued their unrelenting domination of the Gamecocks, dating back to Rick Barnes' pre-Clemson days. It's fortunate Providence doesn't field a football team, or we'd be in serious trouble Sure! - Vegas had installed us as the favorite! And, sure! - we had Bruce Ellington back. But it wasn't meant to be. Woe.
I didn't get a chance to watch the game, but the box score tells the tale .... Malik Cooke had 21; Eric Smith had a nice night at 16 ... no other Gamecock scored in double-digists. The Cocks inexplicable over-reliance on the tre continues to haunt us ... 6 for 30 (20%) .... our overall shot percentage was a woeful 36% (26 of 72). Damien Leonard went 0-5 from the arc in his nine (9) minutes.. Bruce Ellington looks like he fit right in -- 3 of 11 overall, and 0-4 from three-point range.
We never led after the opening minutes. Bright spot - we out-rebounded the Friars - both overall 36-30 and offensive rebounds 18:7. We went 9 for 10 from the stripe.