It’s a doubleheader of South Carolina State basketball hoops in two different states this evening.
The S.C. State women’s basketball team is in Spartanburg to face USC-Upstate. This is the second of two road contests to start the season for the Lady Bulldogs.
S.C. State (0-1) is coming off a season-opening 72-63 loss to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Junior Kourtney Williams paced the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 22 points. S.C. State had four players in all to score in double figures as DayShaun Richbow finished with 13, Cabriel Duren contributed 11 and Persephone Goodwin dropped in 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.
USC-Upstate (2-3) is also coming off a loss, falling to the College of Charleston 75-71 on Sunday. Sharmyne Edwards led three players in double figures with 17 points, and she and Brittany Starling pulled in six rebounds each to pace the Lady Spartans.
The Lady Bulldogs’ next game is 6 p.m. Thursday at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center against Presbyterian. They will then hit the road for six contests beginning Nov. 26 in Athens, Ga., against the 23rd-ranked University of Georgia.
At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the men’s basketball team will face the University of Nebraska-Omaha to close out a three-game road swing. The Bulldogs (1-3) are winless so far on the trip, with losses to Big Ten opponents Michigan and Nebraska.
Newcomer Jordan Smith has led the team in scoring in both games, averaging 16.5 points a contest.
The Mavericks (2-2) of the Summit League are coming off a 73-70 loss to UNLV this past Friday. Omaha was paced by sophomore guard Devin Patterson’s 17 points with three assists and two steals. Senior center John Karhoff added 15 points, four boards, two assists, a steal and a block and junior guard C.J. Carter had 13 points, three assists and two steals.
S.C. State’s next home game is 6 p.m. Saturday against Voorhees College at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.