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      Galloway, Spinella leaving USC basketball team

      Ramon Galloway fires a jumpshot this past season. The sophomore averaged 10.7 points per game and made 6 starts in the 2010-11 season. /

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - South Carolina sophomore guards Ramon Galloway and Stephen Spinella will not return to the mens basketball team in next fall.

      Gamecock head coach Darrin Horn made the announcment on Tuesday.

      "As a staff we wish Ramon and Stephen the best in their futures, both as basketball players and young men," Horn said. "We're committed to helping both of them continue their basketball and academic careers. We appreciate what they brought to our program during their time at South Carolina."

      Galloway averaged 10.7 points a game and 2.6 rebounds per game during the 2010-11 season. He played in 61 career games, and occassionally cracked the starting lineup, getting the call to start 10 times during his two seasons in Columbia. The Philadelphia native averaged 9.3 points per game in his USC career.

      However, critics pointed to Galloway's inconsistent play as a reason he could not maintain a spot in the starting lineup. That inconsistency was marked by sparks of standout play, particularly this past season when Galloway's 21 points helped lead a furious come from behind win against Arkansas at the Colonial Life Arena.

      "I have enjoyed my two years here at the University of South Carolina," Galloway said. "At this time Im going to transfer to another university. Im looking for a different opportunity and role. I would like to thank Coach Horn and wish him and the program the best."

      Spinnella, a native of Colts Neck, N.J., averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in the 2010-11 season. His best performance of the season came against Radford when he poured in 15 points. Spinella's playing time dropped off dramatically this past season. He played in just 15 games after seeing time in 29 games during the 2009-10 season, sometimes getting playing time during key stretches of games. Spinella averaged 1.8 points in 10.2 minutes per game in his USC career.

      "I enjoyed the past two years here at South Carolina," Spinella said. "I have decided to pursue other opportunities. I appreciate everything Coach Horn and the team have allowed me to accomplish. I wish the team the best of luck in the future."