Carlos Powell had 10 points at the half but only 2 in the second as Kentucky's defense put the clamps on him. Boyton got hot in the second half with several 3's to bring South Carolina back from several 5 and 6 point deficits, but he was not able to get a good look at the end of the game.
The game came down to the last possession as both teams came up with stops or baskets just when needed, and the lead changed several times in the last few minutes. With the Cats down 63-62 Hawkins found Barbour on the baseline behind a screen and Antwain slid to the basket and was fouled.
From there, USC made 1 of 2 free-throws on the next possession, but neither team was able to score with both teams playing great defense in the final minute.
Kentucky is now 7-0 in games decided by 7 points or less. Tubby called several timeouts late in the game to set up defensive plays that stopped the Gamecocks final efforts.
Rebounding is a key component in Kentucky's success and today the Cats out rebounded USC 41-25. A point of emphasis lately has been getting to the free-throw line and Kentucky was 14-17 from the line compared to 6-11 for South Carolina.