The USC basketball team didn’t have Lashay Page, Bruce Ellington or Michael Carrera Saturday, but they still had enough to get by Presbyterian 76-60 at Colonial Life Arena.
Shortly before tipoff USC announced Carerra would not play because of a chronic hip injury, which made the Gamecocks bench pretty thin with Ellington in Tampa for the Outback Bowl and Page dealing with an academic issue. Brian Richardson did his part to pick up the slack. The junior guard hit five of his eight shots and tied a career high with 17 points. Sophomore guard Damien Leonard added 15 and freshman Mindaugas Kacinas had a baker’s dozen. Lakeem Jackson also hit double figures with 10 points.
Presbyterian was led in scoring by Jordan Dowining’s 19 points.
With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 9-3 on the season and extend their winning streak to a season-high four games. The Blue Hose drop to 2-11 overall. They are back in action on January 5th against S.C. State.