Carolina used an unusual strategy in upsetting eighth-ranked Duke 56-50 in Durham.
In what would be unheard of today, the Gamecocks used only five players in the entire game. Yes, the starting five of Gregor, Harlicka, Thompson, Standard, and Cremins played the entire 40 minutes. USC had to play a slowdown, keep away game in order to pull it off. Carolina did not take its first shot until 7:47 into the game (no shot clock). This kept the score at only 19-15 at halftime in favor of Duke.
In the second half, however, Duke was able to force the tempo up and got out to a 39-32 lead. USC wouldn’t go away though, as they scored the next eight points to take the lead, and never trailed again. Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch by Bobby Cremins secured the impressive victory for Carolina. Remarkably, this was only the fifth loss in eight years at home for the Blue Devils.
The Gamecocks five slept well that night I’m sure.