Columbia, SC- South Carolina (1-0) posted an 82-44 victory in its season opener on Saturday versus Longwood (0-1). The win marked the 13th straight in an opener for the Gamecocks and held head coach Frank Martin's record at a perfect 7-0 in openers for his career.
Prior to the start of Saturday's opener, it was announced that Johnson had been granted a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to compete effective immediately. Johnson went on to score the first points of the contest on a driving lay-up to the right side in his first regular season action since the 2011-12 campaign at Villanova.
The Gamecocks held an early 6-0 lead behind the play of Johnson before a lay-in from Longwood's Tristan Carey put the Lancers on the board with 14:09 to play in the opening half.
Back-to-back 3s from sophomore forward Michael Carrera pushed the Gamecock lead to 18-4 with 11:04 remaining in the first half before Longwood would score five unanswered points over the course of the next three minutes to put the score at 18-9 at the under-eight minute media timeout.
South Carolina continues non-conference play on Tuesday when it travels to No. 25 Baylor as part of ESPN's College Hoops Marathon. Game time is set for 3 p.m. ET, with the contest to be televised on ESPN.