Williams helps Gamecocks take Manhattan by storm

The South Carolina men’s basketball team (8-3) earned a 63-57 victory over Manhattan (3-7) on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Junior guard Brenton Williams led a trio of Gamecocks in double-figures with 17 points in the win. Freshman forward Michael Carrera tallied 13 on the night and junior guard Brian Richardson added 12 from the bench for the Gamecocks. Senior forward Lakeem Jackson came down with a game-high 11 rebounds as South Carolina out-rebounded Manhattan 42-23 on the night.

Three Jaspers registered double figures in the contest. Freshman forward Shane Richards scored a game-best 18 points off the bench while sophomore guard Donovan Kates added 13 and junior forward Rhamel Brown totaled 10. Brown also led Manhattan with nine boards.

Williams pushed the lead to 55-47 with 7:48 on the clock and added a 3 minutes later for a 58-49 Gamecocks upperhand.

Brown hit two layups to follow and the score stood at 58-51 with 3:31 on the clock. Jackson gave Carolina 60 with a lay-up, but Richards sank his sixth 3 of the contest with 2:06 remaining at the opposite end to pull the Jaspers within six at 60-54.

Koita sank a 3 with just over one minute to go, pulling Manhattan within 3, but solid play through the final minutes saw the Gamecocks escape with a 63-57 victory.

South Carolina will host Presbyterian at 1 p.m. on Dec. 29 following the holiday break. The game will be televised on CSS.

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