Gamecocks face Wofford

South Carolina welcomes Wofford and star Kevin Giltner, whose 28 points and career-high eight 3-pointers weren’t enough as Wofford had its four-game winning streak snapped last time out, falling to High Point 87-79.

South Carolina, which went into its last game against Southeast Louisiana as the worst in the SEC at defending the 3-pointer, didn’t look the part, holding the Lions to 28 percent from behind the arc in a 62-43 victory Dec. 21.

Wofford (7-5), the two-time defending Southern Conference champions, have a pair of senior guards leading the way in Giltner and Brad Loesing, neither of which sat a minute in the loss to High Point.

Giltner is averaging 16.9 points, second in the SoCon, while Loesing is tied for third in the conference with 5.0 assists, while adding 13.5 points. Lee Skinner and Karl Cochran pace Wofford on the boards, corralling 5.4 and 5.1, respectively, and combine to average 4.8 assists.

The Gamecocks (5-6): have three players have at least 21 assists as Malik Cooke (2.1), Lakeem Jackson (2.0) and Eric Smith (1.9) have all helped in distributing the ball.

Cooke is the only Gamecock scoring in double figures (13.2), while Anthony Gill, who joined Cooke with a team-high 14 points against Southeast Louisiana, is averaging 9.3.

Since becoming a Division I team in 1995, Wofford has lost 27 of 30 games against SEC teams, including 1-11 against South Carolina. In last year’s meeting, the Gamecocks won 64-53 in Columbia.

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