South Carolina 75, W. Carolina 50

Freshman Anthony Gill scored 14 points in his debut to lead

South Carolina to a 72-50 win over Western Carolina on Friday night

in the season opener for both teams.

South Carolina leaned on its newcomers of Gill and junior

college transfer Brenton Williams, who added 13 points. All 10

Gamecocks who played also scored.

The Gamecocks made 30-of-59 shots, the first time they have shot

better than 50 percent in 17 games.

Western Carolina turned the ball over 19 times. Trey Sumler and

Harouna Mutombo each led the Catamounts with 11 points.

South Carolina started off missing six of its first seven shots,

but the Gamecocks didn’t struggle much after that. South Carolina

started pressing Western Carolina about midway through the first

half, leading to two quick buckets by Williams and a time-out from

the Catamounts, who won their division in the Southern Conference

last season.