Following a crushing loss to Boston on Tuesday to open the Cancun Challenge, the two had a heart-to-heart talk.
On Wednesday, Couisnard had a better outlook and a better practice. On Friday, he pushed the Gamecocks past stubborn Gardner-Webb. The Gamecocks' redshirt freshman guard had two three-point plays in the final two minutes of a South Carolina win, the last immediately following the Bulldogs' Eric Jamison sinking the go-ahead layup with 81 seconds to go.
South Carolina hurriedly inbounded and found Couisnard standing just off the paint. He didn't hesitate, scoring while being fouled to restore the Gamecocks' lead.
Couisnard attempted the game-clinching 3-pointer, but it missed. Maik Kotsar tapped the rebound to Jair Bolden, who was fouled. South Carolina contested a Gardner-Webb 3 and slipped away with a win.
They used the same formula as Boston did when it topped the Gamecocks, drawing the defense into the lane on drives and then kicking to the wings for wide-open 3-pointers.
Gardner-Webb hit 8 of 19 from long range and flustered South Carolina with its interior defense. Forced to shoot from beyond the arc as they did against Boston, the Gamecocks hit a mere 5 of Boston drove the ball on us, put us on our heels the whole game. Our guys have to take ownership of guarding the dribble and right now, we're struggling.
Lawson also scored 16 for South Carolina. Kotsar had 11 and six rebounds, while Alanzo Frink had 10 points and five boards.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks rebounded from a lethargic loss to Boston on Tuesday although it wasn't comfortable.
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He is the third-winningest coach in South Carolina history. The Gamecocks hit six shots from that spot, elevating over Gardner-Webb's smaller defenders. Key Players.