South Carolina State recognized men’s basketball player Khalif Toombs before Wednesday night’s game against Hampton for scoring his 1,000th career point three days earlier.
Toombs, a senior guard from Atlantic City High School, scored 13 points and dished out nine assists against Hampton, but that wasn’t quite enough as South Carolina State lost its 14th in a row, 64-60.
Still, coach Tim Carter had high praise for Toombs after the game.
“The great thing about Khalif Toombs is that he’s a warrior,” Carter told the Times and Democrat. “He played every minute except for (two) and never asked to come out. I can’t take him out because (guard Louis Adams) is not here. He’s got a big heart. I’m going to miss him.”
Toombs said the milestone was bittersweet given the team’s struggles.
“It’s a good accomplishment for a person to get 1,000 points, but it would feel so much better if we could get over the hump and get that one win,” Toombs told the Times and Democrat. “We’re close. We’re close. Once we get that one win, we’ll be fine.”
“It’s frustrating, but I’ve got confidence in my guys,” he added. “They work hard every day and when you work hard, you’re going to be rewarded.”