COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Frank Martin patiently explained several things people should know about him as South Carolina's new basketball coach. One of the biggest, he stressed, is he doesn't get down on his guys, no matter how much he yells or glares during games.
So Martin wasn't surprised when South Carolina guard Brenton Williams rebounded from a late tongue-lashing from the coach to score 12 of his 14 points in overtime, leading the Gamecocks to an 82-75 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday in Martin's debut.
"I might substitute during games, but I don't lose faith in my players," Martin said.
Williams rewarded Martin's faith in the extra period. He made back-to-back layups to stretch the lead to 74-68 then went 8-of-8 from the foul line to keep the Gamecocks (1-0) out front. Martin soaked in the cheers when the game ended, congratulated his players and took a couple of deep breaths after a moment he'd been waiting for since accepting the job in March.
"It's always good to win," he sai...