The Gamecocks ride a career night from senior guard Rocky Trice to defeat mid-major power Winthrop 68-54.
Trice’s second three-pointer of the first half gave USC a 25-13 lead. The Eagles were never able to close to within single digits the rest of the way. Trice scored a career-high 18 points in the game.
Carolina went on to won its second consecutive NIT championship that season, while Winthrop went 23-8, losing by only two to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament first-round.