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      USC's Michael Carrera named SEC freshman of the week

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      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - South Carolina freshman forward Michael Carrera was named SECFreshman of the Week on Monday, Nov. 12, after scoring 17 points and gathering 15 rebounds in a win over Milwaukee on Sunday in the opening round of the Hoops for Hope Classic in Columbia.

      The high-energy forward shot 50 percent for the game and hit a perfect 5-of-5 attempts from the free throw line. Carrera had a near double-double with nine points and nine rebounds at halftime and quickly claimed the double-double in the second half.

      He was instrumental in the overtime period as well, hitting two free throws early in the five-minute session to give the Gamecocks the lead for good. The win marked the first for Frank Martin as head coach of the Gamecocks.South Carolina continues non-conference play when it hosts Morgan State on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

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