South Carolina basketball is desperately trying to avoid the same fate as last year

By Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) – Original Article

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Thornwell’s absence has forced more responsibility on previously lesser-used freshmen like Maik Kotsar, Rakym Felder and Sedee Keita. It’s also forced sophomore PJ Dozier, one of the program’s most heralded recruits in recent memory, to make a full-fledged star turn.

While Dozier was one of the country’s most underrated guards while he was sharing the backcourt with Thornwell, he is in the process of evolving into a household name without him. The Columbia native has scored 20 or more points in all five of South Carolina’s games in the month of December, and he’s also in the midst of his best run of production when it comes to rebounding, assists and steals as well.

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After a year of learning, P.J. Dozier earning high marks

BY DAVID CLONINGER ( – Original Article

USC’s P.J. Dozier – C. Rush, Special to The State

It was never about his game. It was about being allowed to play it.

P.J. Dozier’s freshman year was good in terms of what he did for his team. South Carolina tied a school record with 25 wins after a 15-0 start, and the freshman point guard enabled the Gamecocks to do a lot of things they hadn’t been able to do.

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Gamecocks Let One Slip Away

BY DAVID CLONINGER ( – Original Article


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USC's PJ Dozier (15) makes a drive to the basket as Clemson's Shelton Mitchell (4) defends during the first half of their rival game. C. Rush

USC sophomore P.J. Dozier scored a career-high 26, his fifth straight game of at least 20 points, while Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame had 15. Elijah Thomas, playing in just his second game for the Tigers after transferring from Texas A&M last year, had 12.

“It’s tough,” Dozier said. “But at the end of the day, we win as a team, we lose as a team. There were plays that happened that I know I messed up on, plays that I know my teammates messed up on. In a tough game like this, every possession counts.”

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P.J. Dozier on final play: ‘Probably should have attacked the rim’

By Mike Wilson ( – Original Article

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The way things played out between South Carolina and Clemson on Wednesday night, it was fitting that the game would remain a one-score affair no matter the outcome of Avery Holmes’ two free throws.

As it went, Holmes made the first and missed the second, leaving Clemson with a two-point lead with less than 10 seconds to play and the ball in South Carolina’s hands.

Coach Frank Martin drew up the two options for the final play in a timeout prior to Holmes’ free throws, both looking to get the ball in P.J. Dozier’s hands. It worked out that way, but Dozier’s 3-pointer from the wing bounced off the rim and No. 22 South Carolina lost 62.60 to its rival.

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Dozier’s career night not enough as Gamecocks fall to Clemson

By ADAM ORFINGER ( – Original Article

PJ Dozier scored a career-high 26 points against Clemson Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win for South Carolina, as the Gamecocks fell 62-60 to in-state rival Clemson. 

Dozier’s performance marked his fifth straight game with at least 20 points, but he didn’t get much help offensively. Duane Notice scored just four points on 1-for-9 shooting, putting him at 6-for-31 over the last three games. 

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WATCH: Martin, Dozier on second half spark

John Whittle ( – Original Article

South Carolina battled back for a 77-66 victory over USF on Saturday afternoon on the road. The Gamecocks (9-1) were down at halftime, but came out sharp in the second half to take control of the game. Watch the video below of the full press conference with head coach Frank Martin and sophomore PJ Dozier, or check out the notes below.

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Dozier, Notice lead No. 16 South Carolina past USF 77-66

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TAMPA, Fla. — PJ Dozier scored 11 of his 23 points in the closing minutes and No. 16 South Carolina shrugged off cold shooting to pull away to a 77-66 victory over South Florida on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (9-1) rebounded from their only loss of the season while improving to 2-1 without leading scorer and rebounder Sindarius Thornwell, who has been suspended indefinitely for violating athletic department policy.

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Sophomore Spurt…Nah!!!

By THOMAS BLACK ( – Original Article

The “sophomore slump” is a popular label applied to collegiate athletes by sports fans everywhere. The hyped freshman comes in and shocks the world by what they can do. Then, after a year of success and praise, the player may become a little lackadaisical or opponents better prepare for them after seeing weaknesses on film. Whatever the case, the sophomore season sometimes just doesn’t seem to be as special as the first season.
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