St. John's flattens USC, Williams injured in loss

South Carolina fell to St. John's 89-65 Thursday in the team's first true road game of the season. Junior Brenton Williams suffered a neck injury in the loss.

NEW YORK (AP) -- D'Angelo Harrison broke the 20-point mark for the sixth time in seven games this season, finishing with 26 and St. John's beat South Carolina 89-65 on Thursday night in the SEC-Big East Challenge.

The Red Storm (5-2) led 38-26 at halftime and pulled away over the final 10 minutes, leading by as many as 28 points in the final minutes.

Amir Garrett had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Red Storm while Phil Greene had 13 and JaKarr Sampson 11.

The Red Storm, who were coming off a season-high 55 percent from the field in the last game against Florida Gulf Coast, shot 56.9 percent (33 for 58) against the Gamecocks. Harrison was 8 of 13, including 3 of 6 from 3-poiunt range, while Garrett was 7 of 8 from the field

Michael Carrera had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Gamecocks (5-2), who were playing their first true road game of the season.

Guard Bruce Ellington also saw his first game action of the season, scroing seven points, less than a week after scoring two touchdowns in South Caroliina's annual gridiron clash with rival Clemson. Ellington is the football team's leading receiver, and is also the basketball team's top returning scorer. He will return to football full-time when bowl practice begins in December.

South Carolina guard Brenton Williams was injured in the game. He suffered a neck injury after coming down hard during a drive to the basket early in the second half. He was down on the court for roughly 15 minutes before emergency crews put him on a stretcher and took him to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Williams was released from the hospital late Thursday and was set to return to South Carolina with the team. The extent of his injury still isn't clear, but, he did have movement in his arms and legs before being taken from the court.