Despite a tumultuous week, Carolina pulled it all together and defeated the Florida Gators 81-76 in Gainesville. Earlier in the week, USC had announced that the NCAA had found the basketball program guilty of five violations. This led to the announcement by Coach Steve Newton that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.
Not deterred however, the Gamecocks used the controversy as motivation and came up with a big win.
Inspired senior Jamie Watson had a great game, scoring 21 points and gathering 12 rebounds. Centers Chris Leso and Edmond Wilson combined for 31 points and 18 rebounds, helping Carolina control the paint for most of the game.