Brenton Williams injured in fall

NEW YORK -- South Carolina junior guard Brenton Williams was taken from the court on a stretcher after falling and injuring his neck when he was fouled on a drive to the basket against St. John's.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin said Friday in a text message to ESPN that Williams has a neck and shoulder strain and shoulder blade bruise but will be OK.

Williams drove the lane and was fouled by Phil Greene on Thursday night. As he was falling, St. John's 6-foot-9, 223-pound freshmen forward Chris Obekpa also fell and landed on Williams. The 175-pound Williams had his neck placed in a brace and he was slid on a backboard and placed on the stretcher.

A school spokeswoman said Thursday that Williams was taken to a hospital for evaluation and that he had movement in his extremities.

"You feel for the guy obviously and you feel bad but we had to finish the game," St. John's D'Angelo Harrison said after he led the Red Storm to an 89-65 victory Thursday night in the SEC-Big East Challenge. "You hope he gets well. When he came out I talked to coach Martin and said to tell him to get well soon and hopefully he does."

About an hour after the game, the school announced that Williams was released from the hospital and would travel home with the team.

Martin said after the game that he "didn't know a heck of a whole lot."

"I know what my trainers said after the game that he never lost feeling in his extremities and he had movement. Any time you're dealing with a neck situation that's God's send when you get that news," Martin said. "He had pain in the base of the neck. That's all I know."

Williams was fouled on a drive to the basket with 13:34 to play and the Gamecocks trailing 51-41. Williams finished with 10 points.

"I didn't know what happened," Obekpa said. "Someone fouled him and I went to block the ball and he was there. When I tried to get up I had pain in my arms so I stayed down. When I went to get up I realized it was serious."

Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.