COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Sindarius Thornwell scored 20 points off four 3-pointers to lead South Carolina to an 81-49 victory over Holy Cross on Sunday for the Gamecocks second straight 2-0 start.
The Gamecocks opened the season Friday night and toughed out an 85-76 win over Louisiana Tech. This time, Thornwell's scoring touch put the Crusaders (0-1) away in the opening half.
Holy Cross used its Princeton-style offense - coach Bill Carmody used to coach at the Ivy League school - of cuts and backdoor layups to get within 29-24 on Matt Husek's basket with 7:09 left in the half. That's when the Gamecocks took off on a 15-5 run over the next six minutes to push its lead to 44-29.
The Crusaders never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
PJ Dozier had 15 points for South Carolina. Robert Champion led Holy Cross with 18 points.