USC ran its winning streak to three Saturday with a 63-57 win against Manhattan at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Brenton Williams led three Gamecocks in double figures with 17 points.
The Gamecocks went on a 9-3 run to close out the first half and held a 36-30 lead at the break. The Jaspers opened the second half with an 11-2 run for a 41-38 lead with 14:00 to play. But they hit a four minute drought and that allowed the Gamecocks to flip the game in their favor 48-41 and the Jaspers never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
Michael Carrera added 13 points for USC and Brian Richardson had 12 off the bench. Lakeem Jackson had 9 points and 11 rebounds. The Gamecocks won the rebounding battle by 19 and scored 22 second chance points.
The Gamecocks played without senior guard who missed the game for what the school called an academic issue.
USC is now 8-3 and returns to action at home December 29th against Presbyterian.