COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mindaugas Kacinas had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Michael Carrera scored 16 to lead South Carolina to a 76-53 victory over Western Carolina on Monday night.
Kacinas made 8 of 11 field goals while Sindarius Thornwell scored 10 and Christ Silva added nine with 11 boards for South Carolina (7-0). It’s the best start for the Gamecocks since 2003-04, the last time they’ve made the NCAA Tournament.
Carrera highlighted a 19-0 first half run that gave the Gamecocks the lead for good. Carrera started the spurt with a 3-pointer and scored nine points while Silva came off the bench to provide six points and five rebounds.
Deriece Parks stopped the run with a 3-pointer with 1:51 remaining in half.
Rhett Harrelson scored 14 points and Mike Brown added 10 for Western Carolina (2-4).