• South Carolina guard Samone Kennedy, left, and Xavier forward Amber Harris chases after a loose ball during the first half of Friday's game. The No. 5/6 Musketeers beat the Gamecocks, 84-65, behind Harris' game-high 21 points.

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    South Carolina guard Samone Kennedy, left, and Xavier forward Amber Harris chases after a loose ball during the first half of Friday's game. The No. 5/6 Musketeers beat the Gamecocks, 84-65, behind Harris' game-high 21 points.

  • Dawn Staley, left, head coach of the University of South Carolina's women's basketball team, presents a game ball to Sgt. Chentile Jackson before a game Friday at Colonial Life Arena.

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    Dawn Staley, left, head coach of the University of South Carolina's women's basketball team, presents a game ball to Sgt. Chentile Jackson before a game Friday at Colonial Life Arena.

  • USC freshman point guard Bruce Ellington prepares to drive past Phoenix guard Josh Bonney during the Gamecocks' season-opener Friday.

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    USC freshman point guard Bruce Ellington prepares to drive past Phoenix guard Josh Bonney during the Gamecocks' season-opener Friday.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina men's and women's basketball teams opened their seasons with a doubleheader Friday; and Fort Jackson Soldiers were part of the game plan.

Fort Jackson's Soldier of the Year, Sgt. Chentile Jackson, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, and Post Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall were honorary captains for the women's and men's teams, respectively. In addition, Capt. Michele Quille, Company A, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment, was honored before the men's game.

Throughout the games, photos of service members were shown on the scoreboard of Colonial Life Arena. Some of the teams' players and coaches offered their thanks to veterans and active service members via pre-recorded video messages.

The Gamecocks split the doubleheader with the women falling in the first game to No. 5/6 Xavier, 84-65, and the men beating Elon, 94-79.

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