Gamecocks work overtime at LSU for first SEC victory

Behind double-doubles from freshman forward Michael Carrera and senior forward Lakeem Jackson, South Carolina (11-5, 1-2 SEC) defeated LSU (9-5, 0-3 SEC) 82-73 in conference play on Wednesday night.

The win was the first SEC win of the Frank Martin era and is the first road win in league play since a 64-56 victory at LSU on Feb. 2, 2011.

Carrera scored 21 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and overtime. The freshman also notched 10 rebounds. Jackson added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the winning effort for his third double-double of the season.

The duo’s stat lines marks the first time two Gamecocks registered double-doubles in the same game since Dominique Archie and Mike Holmes did so against Winthrop on Nov. 16, 2008.

Junior guard Brenton Williams tallied 16 points and junior forward RJ Slawson scored 11. As a team, the Gamecocks went 28-of-37 from the free throw line, with Carrera and Williams hitting 9-of-10. South Carolina had 53 points off of the bench to the Tigers’ 17.

Sophomore guard Anthony Hickey scored 18 points and registered seven rebounds, both team highs. Senior guard Charles Carmouche added 13 points on the night. Junior forward Shavon Coleman also brought down seven boards in the contest. The Tigers recorded 22 turnovers to the Gamecocks’ 15. South Carolina turned LSU’s 22 turnovers into 27 points.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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