South Carolina suffers fifth straight SEC loss to LSU

South Carolina (12-12, 2-9 SEC) fell to LSU (14-8, 5-6 SEC) 64-46 for its fifth straight conference loss Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena.

The Gamecocks were balanced in the scoring column, with senior forward Lakeem Jackson recording a team-high 10 points.

Behind Jackson, junior guard Bruce Ellington scored nine, freshman forward Michael Carrera added eight and junior guard Brian Richardson registered seven. Carrera grabbed a team-high eight boards, with Jackson tallying seven. The Gamecocks blocked eight shots, matching a season-high set versus Appalachian State on Dec. 19.

Sophomore forward Johnny O’Bryant III recorded a double-double, going for 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers. O’Bryant was 13-of-19 from the field, helping LSU gain a 40-24 advantage in the paint. Junior guard Andrew Stringer scored 12 for the Tigers. Senior guard Charles Carmouche dished eight assists and added nine rebounds.

The Gamecocks committed just 12 turnovers to the Tigers’ 17, but LSU was able to convert 18 points from the giveaways while South Carolina was only able to generate 12.

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