Goodbye to an icon.
USC played its last game in the historic Carolina Coliseum. It was a great finale, as Carolina smoked Ball State in the quarterfinals of the NIT 82-47. This win sent the Gamecocks to New York City and Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals.
Carolina left little doubt about the outcome early in this one as they raced out to a 23-4 lead, and cruised home with the 35-point victory. Jamel Bradley led the way for Carolina with 17 points in the contest, but it was the USC defense that was most impressive. Ball State was held to 18 percent shooting in the first half, and was forced into 15 turnovers.
Gamecock fans had reason to celebrate as the team was headed to the Big Apple, but mainly they celebrated the legacy and great memories created in the legendary Coliseum since its opening in 1968.