Daniel Hackett a Difference Maker for Trojans
After a disappointing opening game loss against Mercer, the Trojans roll off two wins against the Citadel, 74-47 and South Carolina, 85-75. Playing without Daniel Hackett in the season opener, the Trojans have righted the ship under the leadership of Hackett.
In three games, Mayo went: 12-27, 32 points; 6-12, 16 points; and 11-20, 29 points.
In two games, Hackett was: 9-12, 21 and 6-9, 22 points.
Hackett, the veteran point guard makes a difference on this young Trojan team. In his second game back from injury, Hackett had a triple double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Gamecocks applied full-court defense throughout the game and pressured the Trojans all night. South Carolina's defense was tenacious and Hackett's leadership in the backcourt helped to take the pressure off of Mayo.
With the lead slipping away late in the second half, the Gamecocks cut the lead to five points. Without hesitation, O.J. Mayo turned and hit a 3-point shot to hold back the Gamecock rally. The Trojans then got the lead back up to 10 points. Mayo scored 29 points on the night. Dwight Lewis added 18.
The Trojans were 23-29 from the free throw line.