Gamecocks suffer lopsided loss to No. 4-ranked Gators

South Carolina (12-8, 2-5 SEC) suffered an embarrassing loss to No. 4 Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC), falling 75-36 to the host Gators on Wednesday night.

Freshman forward Michael Carrera scored 13 and tallied a game-high nine rebounds to pace the Gamecocks. Junior guard Bruce Ellington added seven points and three assists. On the night, the Gamecocks were 14-of-45 (31.1%) from the floor for the game.

South Carolina turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 22 Florida points. The Gamecocks recorded seven steals, but were only able to manufacture two points from 12 Gator turnovers.

Senior guards Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton led the Gators netting 15 points apiece. Boynton dished out seven assists for the Gators. Freshman guard Michael Frazier added 12 points and seven rebounds. Junior center Patric Young recorded a team-high eight boards. Florida was 12-of-21 (57.1%) from behind the arc on the night and hit 23-of-54 (52.8%) field goal attempts.

The Gamecocks had nine turnovers on their first 15 possessions of the game and Florida held a 21-4 lead after a 4-point play from Rosario with 10:12 remaining in the first half. The Gators stretch the lead to 33-10 in the first half and kept their foot on the gas the rest of the night.

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