Spartanburg, S.C. – Tristan Thomas hit seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points to lead USC Upstate to its highest scoring output since 1996 in a 107-41 victory over Bob Jones University Thursday evening from the Hodge Center.
Thomas, who scored all of his points in the second half, registered the most three-pointers in a game since Torrey Craig had eight against Florida Gulf Coast Feb. 23, 2012.
Ty Greene added 18 points and was 4-for-4 from three-point range to help Upstate finish 15-for-27 from beyond the arc. Fred Milled chipped in with 12 points, five assists and a career-high five steals as the Spartans racked up 26 assists and 23 steals. Mario Blessing added a career-high eight assists to surpass his previous high of six.
Damian Goodwin scored 11 points and Michael Buchanan tallied 10 points, while Josh Cuthbertson added career-highs with 10 points and eight rebounds to help Upstate finish with a 47-26 edge in rebounding. The Spartans have recorded at least 43 rebounds in all three games this season and are averaging 45.3 per game.
Freshman Daniel Bridges scored his first career points at Upstate and finished with three points and three rebounds.
Marshall Riddle hit four three-pointers and led Bob Jones with 18 points. No other Bruin scored more than nine points as Upstate has held two consecutive opponents under 50 points. The Spartans allowed only 46 points at North Carolina A&T Monday night.
The Spartan defense also limited Bob Jones to eight field goals in the first half and only six in the second half to hold the Bruins to 26.4 percent shooting. Upstate also forced 28 turnovers and turned those miscues into 41 points.
Upstate looks for its fourth consecutive win Sunday at 6 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Orlando, Fla., to face UCF from CFE Arena.