Men's Basketball won their season-opener against Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sunday in thrilling fashion. The Gamecocks charged back from a 15-point halftime deficit to win in overtime, 82-75.
While the stylish new staff donned bow ties, it was the newcomers on the court who grabbed attention. LaShay Page, a Dillon, SC, native who transferred to Carolina for his final year of eligibility, led the team with 19 points - all but two of them coming in the second half.
"The first half I was really anxious with it being my first game at South Carolina. Second half I relaxed, Coach [Martin] said let the game come to me and I did just that," Page said after the game.
Michael Carrera (pictured left, #24) is likely to be a new fan favorite after his emotion-filled debut. The very expressive freshman from Venezuela contributed 17 points and a team-high 15 rebounds and at one point received healthy applause from the crowd as he headed to the bench for a breather.
"Carrera is a great player," said Page about his teammate. "High-energy guy, great on the glass...15 rebounds - that's very impressive...What you saw on the court is him every day at practice; he's going to play hard."
Carrera earned his first career double-double in his first game as a Gamecock. It was also the first double-double by a Carolina freshman since 2008 (Mike Holmes).
Freshman Mindaugas Kacinas made his presence known with 13 rebounds and 8 points, especially down the stretch with some key boards as Milwaukee started to miss the shots that gave them an early lead in the first half.
Your next chance to come cheer on the newcomers and the entire Gamecock men's basketball team is Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 PM vs. Morgan State. See you there and GO GAMECOCKS!!!