South Carolina 91, Jacksonville 74

Michael Carrera scored 17 points and Brian Richardson added a

season-high 16 as South Carolina snapped a two-game losing streak

with a 91-74 victory over Jacksonville Friday night.

The Gamecocks led 57-30 at halftime behind 13 points apiece for

Richardson and Carrera. South Carolina (6-3) shot 71.9 percent (23

of 32) from the field and made 6 of 7 3-pointers for its highest

scoring half in 69 games.

The Gamecocks were coming off a loss to Clemson on Sunday in

which they scored 55 points in the game and had averaged only 60

points over the two-game skid.

Bruce Ellington, who was playing in his third game since coming

over from football, and Brenton Williams chipped in with 12 points

apiece.

Marcellous Bell led Jacksonville (4-6) with 17 points, with

Jarvis Haywood adding 13 and Keith McDougald 12.

The Dolphins scored the opening basket of the game but it was

all South Carolina the remainder of the half. The Gamecocks went on

an 11-2 run over the next 4 minutes to take an 11-4 lead. They went

the final 15 minutes of the first half without a turnover and

knocked down 19 of 27 shots.

Leading 29-18, Williams started a 28-12 finish to the half with

consecutive 3-pointers with about 8 minutes remaining to put the

Gamecocks firmly in control. Things were going so well, even

6-foot-11 Laimonas Chatkevicius hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock

was winding down.

The South Carolina lead grew to as many as 33 points in the

second half as the Gamecocks were able to substitute liberally.

Carrera added nine rebounds and Eric Smith tied his career-high

with seven assists.

South Carolina’s shooting cooled off in the second half to 8 of

24 but the lead was too much for the Dolphins to overcome. The

closest Jacksonville got in the second half was the 17-point margin

at the final buzzer when South Carolina had three walk-ons on the

floor.