The Daily Gamecock

Men's basketball falls to Texas A&M

The South Carolina men’s basketball team stormed out of the gates Wednesday night against Texas A&M, building a double-digit lead with just over five minutes played.

But the Gamecocks (7-9, 0-3 SEC) had their lead cut to one by halftime and weren’t able to turn it around from there, ultimately falling to the Aggies 75-67.

Though South Carolina looked poised to earn its first conference win of the season in the early goings, Texas A&M was able to continue its improbable run to the top of the SEC. The win takes the Aggies to 3-0 in the conference and ties them with Florida for the lead in the SEC.

Senior guard Brenton Williams led the way for the Gamecocks on the night with 14 points and was followed closely by freshman guard Duane Notice, who turned in 12 along with a team-high five assists.

Freshman forward Desmond Ringer hauled in the most rebounds of any South Carolina player with seven. No other Gamecock was able to break the five-mark.

South Carolina received a blow in the second half when junior guard Tyrone Johnson went down with an ankle injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the contest.

Guard Jamal Jones lit it up for the Aggies in the win, dropping 22 points on 5-11 shooting. Guard Alex Caruso did the supplying for Texas A&M, dishing out seven assists in the game.

South Carolina will look to bounce back from Wednesday’s disappointing loss when it returns home to Colonial Life Arena Saturday to take on Ole Miss.