Updated: Feb 28, 2021
Everette Hammond looks for a teammate to pass the ball during Upstate's Big South Tournament game at High Point on Saturday..
(Photo courtesy High Point University)
The USC Upstate men’s basketball season ended Saturday in a first-round Big South tournament first round loss, 65-60, at Mills Center Arena in High Point, N.C.
The game featured No. 8 seed (High Point) versus No. 9 seed USC Upstate. It was a rematch of last year’s first round game between the two schools won by Upstate.
Nevin Zink scored 20 points and Everett Hammond 17 for Upstate. High Point sophomore John-Michael Wright, the nation’s 14th ranked scorer, was the game-high scorer with 24 points, just over his 20.8 point points per game average. Teammate Lydell Elmore added 15 points.
Upstate and High Point split a pair of regular season games played at High Point in late December.
Upstate finished its COVID-19 interrupted season with a 5-11 conference record and 5-18 overall. Upstate players were quarantined at least four times this season and at least six games were cancelled because of COVID related conditions at Upstate or its opponents.
Upstate Head Basketball Coach Dave Dickerson coached remotely this season and did not attend games. Dickerson’s wife, Laurette, is undergoing treatment for cancer, and health concerns linked to COVID, suggested Dickerson remain away from the basketball team. Assistant coach Stacey Palmore was named acting head coach.
High Point (9-14) advances to the second round of the Big South tournament.