South Carolina freshman guard SindariusThornwell has been named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 20.5 points,five rebounds and five assists as he led the Gamecocks to back-to-back winsagainst Vanderbilt and Alabama last week. It marked the first time sinceJanuary 2011 that Carolina has won consecutive conference games. This isThornwell's second-career Player of the Week honor.
The Lancaster, S.C. native shot 48 percent (12-25) from the field last week,and 83 percent (15-18) from the foul line. Against Alabama, Thornwell wasclutch for the Gamecocks down the stretch, scoring or assisting on 15 ofCarolina's final 17 points in the 67-66 win. With 22 points, he recorded hisfifth 20-point performance of the season in conference games, matching Gamecocklegend B.J. McKie's total during the 1996 season when he won SEC Freshman ofthe Year. In conference games, he currently leads all SEC freshmen in points(17.3), assists (4.08) and steals (1.33) per game.
The Gamecocks will hit the road this week as they travel to Arkansas for aclash with the Razorbacks on Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m.ET, and will broadcast on CSS with Matt Stewart and Barry Booker on the call.