Gamecocks fall to St. John’s; Williams’ injury not serious

South Carolina (5-2) fell to St. John’s (5-2) 89-65 in the 2012 SEC/Big East Challenge on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena.

Freshman forward Michael Carrera registered his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks.

Junior guard Brenton Williams was injured in the contest. He suffered a neck injury and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, but was released from the hospital and returned to Columbia with the team.

Before his injury, Williams scored 10 points in the matchup. Freshman forward Mindaugas Kacinas scored nine and added six rebounds. Senior forward Lakeem Jackson also came down with six boards for the Gamecocks.

Junior guard Bruce Ellington and freshman forward Laimonas Chatkevicius both made their first appearance of the season in the contest.

St. John’s had four players in double figures. Sophomore guard D’Angelo Harrison led the way with a game-high 26 points. Sophomore guards Amir Garrett and Phil Greene IV tallied 15 and 13 points, respectively. Freshman forward JaKarr Sampson registered 11. Garrett also brought down 11 rebounds to lead SJU.

South Carolina struggled from the floor in the opening half, hitting just 37.5 percent (12-32) compared to 53 percent (14-26) from the Red Storm. St. John’s would make 9-of-14 from the free throw line in the opening set, while the Gamecocks had zero attempts in the half.

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