Men's hoops: Chatkevicius out six games

GoGamecocks staff reportsNovember 11, 2012 

USC's Laimonas Chatkevicius shoots over Kentucky Wesleyan's Patrick Neel, left, and Dazmond Starke during an exhibition game at the Colonial Life Arena.

C. ALUKA BERRY — caberry@thestate.com

Freshman forward Laimonas Chatkevicius will miss the first six games of the 2012-13 season, the school announced Sunday.

According to South Carolina, the NCAA determined that Chatkevicius received impermissible benefits from his host family before enrolling in Columbia. As a result he will be withheld from the first six games.

In addition, walk-on freshman forward Brian Steele has been suspended for an undisclosed violation.

South Carolina opens season Sunday against Milwaukee. The contest will be televised on FSN.

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