April 24, 2014

USC snaps SEC skid with overtime win at LSU

Michael Carrera scored a career high 23 points against LSU (file photo)

Michael Carrera scored a career high 23 points against LSU (file photo)

It has been a long time since the USC basketball team has won a road game. Not since 2011 win in Baton Rouge to be specific. 14 straight losses if you want to be even more specific. But that cold streak ended the same place in started when the Gamecocks beat LSU in overtime 83-72 Wednesday night.

Freshman forward Michael Carrera’s 23 points led a group of four Gamecocks that finished in double figures scoring. Carrera also had 10 rebounds. Senior forward Lakeem Jackson also finished with a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Brenton Williams (16) and RJ Slawson (11) were the other two in double digits.

The game was tied at 69 at the end of regulation. USC outscored the Bayou Bengals 13-4 in the overtime. The win improves the Gamecocks record to 11-5 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. The team returns home this weekend to play Vanderbilt at 1:30 Saturday afternoon.

FINAL STATS

Other notes:

  • This is Frank Martin’s first SEC win. This is the Gamecocks first conference win since February 15th of last year. That was a one point home win over Georgia.
  • Carrera and Jackson’s dual double-double’s mark the first time two Gamecocks have accomplished that feat since Dominique Archie and Mike Holmes did it against Winthrop on Nov. 16, 2008.
  • LSU made its first seven 3-point attempts in the second half.
  • USC shot 37 free throws. They made 27 of them (75.7%)
  • LSU shot 16 free throws. They made 13 of them (81.3%)
  • Even if you hate basketball you have a reason to show up at Colonial Life Arena Saturday: Steve Spurrier is going to be there! The Head Ball Coach and the Gamecocks will be honored at halftime.