SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Maik Kotsar had 13 points and Frank Booker added 12 off three 3-pointers in a 73-52 rout of Wofford - the Gamecocks' 17th straight opening-game victory Friday night.
South Carolina (1-0) spoiled the debut of Wofford's glittering Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, a 3,400-seat arena funded by Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers and a Wofford alumnus.
Wofford (0-1) kept things tight most of the first half and trailed 25-22 on Derrick Brooks' jumper with 3:15 left in the opening half. That's when the Gamecocks took control with a 20-2 run that spanned both periods. Booker and fellow first-year player Wesley Myers had 3s in the run. When Hassani Gravett closed the surge with one more 3, South Carolina led 45-24.
Freshman Felipe Haase and graduate transfer Myers added 10 points each for the Gamecocks, who returned just two starters from the team that that made it to the program's first Final Four a year ago. Chris Silva, along with Kotsar, the only starters back from the NCAA Tournament run, had nine points and a team-best 10 rebounds.
Fletcher Magee had 17 points, 15 in the opening half, to lead Wofford.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks had open looks from the outside and knocked them down. That will be harder to come by as the competition gets more difficult the next few weeks. South Carolina will need to drive to the basket more than they showed against the Terriers.
Wofford: Win or lose, the Terriers and their fans were excited to play in their new building. The Southern Conference school did not have enough to hang with the Gamecocks of the Southeastern Conference. But will compete strongly in their league this season and enjoy a bigger home advantage than ever before.
Carolina Panthers owner and Wofford alumnus Jerry Richardson was on hand to watch the first game in the newly opened Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium. He was honored during a halftime ceremony as Wofford students chanted, "Jer-ry, Jer-ry" several times throughout the game. Richardson has left his mark on the campus with the football complex used as home for the Panthers' summer training camp and a Wofford arts building named for Richardson's wife, Rosalind and the new basketball home.
South Carolina opens up its home schedule Monday night against Western Michigan.
Wofford takes on Washington & Lee at home Sunday before flying cross country to play at California on Thursday night.
Pete Iacobelli, Associated Press