COLUMBIA -- The NCAA has denied the request, and appeal, for Dominique Archie receiving a sixth year with the South Carolina basketball program.

The Augusta native's career with the Gamecocks is now complete.

"I'm disappointed I won't be able to play next season as a Gamecock, but I leave with great memories," Archie said in a release.

The versatile 6-7 forward injured his right knee in the Charleston Classic championship game against Miami on Nov. 22.

Preliminary tests revealed only a sprain, but additional tests, including an MRI exam, showed he had torn ligaments in the knee.

Archie himself admitted last month that the process to request a sixth year was a "50-50" proposition.

"I'm not getting high hopes," he said in early March. "I'm not going to be let down. I'm getting myself prepared for both outcomes.

"Hopefully they'll grant me the sixth year. If not, I'll have to go on with my life without moping around or anything like that."

The NCAA is typically finicky when it comes to granting sixth years, for medical hardships. It was going to be difficult for Archie to prove he had a sustained injury that caused him to redshirt his freshman season, which came during Dave Odom's tenure.

Archie said he had "nagging" injuries, but couldn't point to one central ailment as a cause for sitting.

"With this kind of stuff, you're at the mercy of the NCAA," current Gamecocks coach Darrin Horn said last month. "You can do the best you can, and research and work ... but ultimately that comes down to them."

In 98 career games, Archie has averaged 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. He was off to a terrific start in his fifth year, although it was just the first four-plus games.

The Gamecocks struggled down the stretch without Archie, dropping seven of their final eight games to finish 15-16 and miss the postseason entirely.

Next year's team could have used Archie's leadership and scoring ability. As it is, the Gamecocks will lean on several newcomers, including Berkeley's Bruce Ellington and Fort Dorchester's R.J. Slawson.

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