Gamecock Jacobi Wright

Jacobi Wright helped lead the 2nd half rally in loss to ECU Saturday (Gamecock Athletics)

The men’s basketball team went 1-2 for the week winning at home over Presbyterian last Sunday 68-57, but dropping away games Wednesday at UAB 84-70 and Saturday to East Carolina 64-56 in Greenville, SC. The Gamecocks trailed the Pirates by 21 points in their game at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena before cutting that deficit to 7 in the second half. But that was as close as they would get. Hayden Brown led the Gamecocks with 15 points. They are 5-6 and will host Western Kentucky Thursday night.

The top-ranked women ran their record to 10-0 with a pair of blowout wins during the week. Last Sunday in Columbia, the Gamecocks ran away from Liberty 88-39, and Thursday night they overcame a cold shooting performance to win at South Dakota State 62-44. USC shot just 34%, but their defense kept the Jackrabbits at bay. Zia Cooke led the way with 18 points. The Gamecocks will host Charleston Southern Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Dawn Staley was named by The Athletic as the Women’s College Basketball Person of the Year for 2022.

Football coach Shane Beamer introduced his new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains on Wednesday. Loggains spent the last two seasons as the tight ends coach at Arkansas, his alma mater, but he has an extensive NFL background as a coordinator, quarterbacks coach and play-caller.

While Beamer welcomed Loggains into the football building, several players announced their exits, either opting out of the bowl game to begin NFL Draft prep or entering the NCAA Transfer Portal. Those players included DT Zacch Pickens, RB Marshawn Lloyd, DE Gilber Edmond, CB Darius Rush and WR Corey Rucker. Also, John Whittle of TheBigSpur.com reported starting RT Dylan Wonnum has not been at bowl practice, and he expects him to skip the bowl and move on to the NFL. And Former Gamecock TE Jaheim Bell announced he will transfer to Florida State.

The team opened bowl practice on Thursday and is working out every day through Thursday, except for an off-day Monday. The team will then break for the holidays and then report to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl on Sunday.

Gamecock punter Kai Kroeger was named 2nd Team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association. Kroeger is averaging nearly 47 yards per punt this season, with a long of 79 yards. 27 of his punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line.

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