THURSDAY SPORTS: Gamecocks stretch SEC road streak to 16 losses
South Carolina suffered an 83-67 loss at Auburn Wednesday night. The Gamecocks haven’t won an SEC road game since an overtime win at LSU in January, 2013, making the current streak 16 straight conference road losses.
Furman Basketball concludes the 2013-14 regular season on Thursday night when it hosts the Georgia Southern Eagles on YP Court at Timmons Arena in the final regular season meeting between the schools as SoCon rivals. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Coverage on the Furman Sports Network begins with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. The Paladins enter the finale at 9-19 overall and 3-12 in the SoCon following a 78-49 setback versus the Elon Phoenix on Monday evening at Timmons Arena.
Clemson and South Carolina renew their sports rivalry this weekend on the baseball diamond. The first game in the series takes place Friday in Columbia. The series moves to Greenville’s West End on Saturday. Prior to that game, a Fan Fest will take place on Main Street outside of Fluor Field beginning at 10 a.m. Food, drinks and all things Clemson can be found at Fan Fest, which is free and open to the public. The game itself begins at 2:00 PM. Tickets are sold out. Standing-room-only tickets are still available for IPTAY members for the closing game Sunday, March 2 at 4:00 PM at Clemson’s Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player, wore his Number 98 jersey in a game for the first time Wednesday night, playing against Portland, but AP reported earlier in the day that his jersey was already a top seller. Collins had four of the top five selling jersey items yesterday on NBAStore.com: his home and road replica jerseys, the women’s replica road jersey and the men’s T-shirt with number on it. After signing with the Brooklyn Nets over the weekend, Collins wore Number 46 because the number he wanted, 98, wasn’t available yet, which he chose in tribute to Matthew Shepard, who was killed in 1998 in an anti-gay hate crime.
In the NBA Wednesday, Jerryd Bayless scored a season high 29 points in a rare start, and Rajon Rondo added 22 points and 11 assists to help the Boston Celtics break a five-game losing streak with a 115-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks.