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MBB: Thornwell named SEC player of the week

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South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell has been named SEC Player of the Week after leading the Gamecocks to two wins over ranked opponents last week in No. 25/24 Michigan and No. 18/16 Syracuse.

The weekly honor is the second Player of the Week award of his career, while he was also named SEC Freshman of the Week three times during his rookie campaign.

Thornwell averaged 18.5 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in wins over No. 25 Michigan and No. 18 Syracuse last week. Thornwell shot 61.1 percent from the floor, and connected on 3-of-6 attempts from 3-point range and 12-of-15 from the free throw line, including 9-of-10 from the line vs. Syracuse alone.

He began the stretch with his seventh-career double-double, posting 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win vs. the Wolverines. Thornwell followed with a strong outing against Syracuse at the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, en route to MVP honors.

Thornwell and the Gamecocks return home for a pair of games this week, hosting Vermont on Dec. 1, before FIU travels to Columbia on Dec. 4.

From USC Media Relations

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