By Barca Blog - In his postgame press conference, head coach Kevin Stallings was quick to point out the impact of the fans during Saturday's 96-83 win over South Carolina.
"I'm really proud of our crowd. You could tell there was an energy that didn't have to be there with the students gone (for spring break) and us losing to the last place team in our division. I'm proud that our crowd didn't give up on us."
So Memorial wasn't jam-packed after the letdown of Wednesday's loss at Georgia, but those that attended tonight's contest had plenty to cheer about after witnessing the Commodores' best performance of the season against a red-hot, SEC East leading Gamecock squad.
The Commodores (17-11, 6-8 SEC) were the aggressor from the outset and led by as many as 25 at one point to the delight of the Memorial faithful. Even with fading hopes of making the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year, the 'Dores showed they still have some fight left in them.
"We don't have that much to lose right now," said junior guard Jermaine Beal, who blistered USC with a personal best 27 points. "We know our standing in the conference, but our season is far from over. We are just trying to get better and to have fun, and seize every opportunity we have."
"Our fans deserved us to play as hard as we can play," Stallings added, "and our fans helped us play that way tonight."