Gamecocks suffer another SEC setback against Missouri

South Carolina (13-15, 3-12 SEC) could not overcome a 69.6 percent shooting performance by Missouri (20-8, 9-6 SEC), dropping a home conference contest 90-68 on Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena.

Sophomore guard Damien Leonard scored a career-high 20 points, hitting a career-best six 3-pointers to lead the Gamecocks.

Junior guards Brian Richardson and Brenton Williams scored 10 points apiece in the game. Freshman forward Michael Carrera and senior forward Lakeem Jackson grabbed a team-high four rebounds. The Gamecocks shot 42.9 percent in the game, hitting 24-of-56 shots.

Senior guard Keion Bell recorded 18 of his game-high 24 points in the first half to lead Missouri. Sophomore guard Jabari Brown added 23 points, with senior forward Alex Oriakhi tallying 18. Both junior guard Phil Pressy and junior forward Tony Criswell registered a game-high five rebounds with Pressy adding nine assists.

South Carolina will play their first SEC game against Texas A&M on Saturday. The Gamecocks will face the Aggies in College Station, Texas, with the broadcast set for ESPNU at 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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