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February 5, 2013

Kentucky blows out South Carolina 77-55


Lexington —

That Wildcats' weakness left them trailing 18-17 after 9:38 when they had a chance to exploit the Gamecocks' early inaccuracy. South Carolina missed its first five shots before Michael Carrera's putback 4:06 in, cutting Kentucky's lead to 11-4.

A 14-7 run over the next 6:32 gave the Gamecocks their only lead, a turnaround helped by seven Wildcats' turnovers through 10 minutes. Kentucky quickly regrouped with 11 straight points and closed the half with a 28-6 run.

Harrow and Goodwin, two players Calipari said needed to step up, each scored 10 points as the Wildcats were a white-hot 15-of-22 shooting (68 percent) in the first half.

Noel meanwhile had four blocks to extend shooting woes for South Carolina, which shot just 9 of 32 (28 percent) by intermission.

The Gamecocks never got closer than 15 in the second half.



Williams 1-5 2-2 4, Richardson 2-7 0-0 6, Ellington 1-8 7-9 9, Carrera 6-10 4-7 18, Jackson 1-5 0-0 2, Smith 1-5 0-0 2, Chatkevicius 2-6 0-2 4, Kacinas 0-4 1-2 1, Leonard 2-5 2-2 6, Slawson 1-4 0-0 3, Phillips 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-59 16-24 55.


Noel 5-8 0-3 10, Goodwin 3-8 7-12 13, Harrow 6-6 0-0 12, Poythress 2-5 3-3 7, Mays 4-5 3-3 15, Hood 1-1 0-0 2, Polson 0-0 0-0 0, Cauley-Stein 5-7 3-5 13, Wiltjer 1-4 2-2 5. Totals 27-44 18-28 77.

Halftime_Kentucky 45-24. 3-Point Goals_South Carolina 5-23 (Carrera 2-3, Richardson 2-6, Slawson 1-2, Kacinas 0-1, Leonard 0-2, Smith 0-2, Williams 0-3, Ellington 0-4), Kentucky 5-8 (Mays 4-5, Wiltjer 1-2, Goodwin 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_South Carolina 25 (Carrera, Leonard 6), Kentucky 42 (Noel 10). Assists_South Carolina 5 (Leonard, Smith 2), Kentucky 13 (Harrow, Mays 4). Total Fouls_South Carolina 23, Kentucky 20. A_22,559.



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