No quit in winless Bulldogs

Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 1:22 PM EST
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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WIS) - The Bulldogs men’s basketball program enters isolation, again, left to ponder what-ifs and close-calls of a winless season.

“We got to navigate this man,” said Bulldogs head coach Murray Garvin. “I’m taking notes. I’ve learned a lot this year.”

South Carolina State hits the pause button for at least the third time this season due to COVID-19 protocols. They enter this latest one with an 0-13 record.

“When you’re going through what we’re going through, man, I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights where you toss and turn,” added Garvin. “I call it the basketball visions. You’re running plays back in your mind.”

As they take the next seven days off to reassess, head coach Murray Garvin wants his team to recharge mentally and physically.

“My guys haven’t given up,” emphasize Garvin. “They’ve come out and fought [this season].”

Garvin knows his squad does not lack competitive spirit, despite being at a competitive disadvantage in tough scheduling and roster turnover. S.C. State continues to try to build chemistry on the court with ten new additions to the program.

“I don’t like to make any excuses,” said Garvin. “I expect to perform better.”

Garvin also expects this group to win soon.

“I don’t want to sound too brash,” said Garvin. “We’re going to win. My guys work too hard. Every day is not a harvest in life. If you’re putting seed in the ground and nurturing it, you’re going to have a harvest.”

Waiting for that harvest amid a pandemic and a host of challenges has not been easy.

“When it’s not going well, oh, you beat yourself up,” mentioned Garvin. “You’re scared of every phone call.”

Garvin refuses to dwell on the losses as he sets his sights on future wins.

“I just feel...if we get one, one can turn into two, three, four, five,” said Garvin.

South Carolina State’s next scheduled game is next month.

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