USC senior forward Dominique Archie suffered a right knee injury early in Sunday's game against Miami.
Archie missed the rest of the game, and South Carolina fell, 85-70, in the championship game of the Charleston Classic.
USC (4-1) led 9-2 when Archie got hurt with 13:30 left in the first half. It trailed by as many as 15 in the second half before a brief, late run.
Archie came down badly after throwing down an open-court dunk, giving him seven points on the game. He had stolen the ball at midcourt.
It was quiet for a few moments in the Carolina First Arena, where the vast majority of fans are cheering for the Gamecocks. USC coach Darrin Horn walked the length of the court as he and athletic trainer Mark Rodger helped Archie off the court. Once on the bench, Archie put a towel on his head.
He was helped to the training room, and within minutes USC reported that Archie was out for the game.
Archie returned to the bench late in the game, wearinga massive bracce over his right knee, and using crutches to walk. Miami coaches and several Hurricane players stopped to talk to him and give him pats on the head.