'Cats blast Gamecocks for 11th straight 87-49

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina suffered their worst defeat at home since 1915 when they played the Florida Gators last Saturday. That record lasted exactly one game, as Kentucky blasted South Carolina, 87-49 at South Carolina Tuesday night behind the 23-point scoring of Joe Crawford, and the double-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds posted by Randolph Morris.

Two-time defending NIT champion South Carolina thought it couldn't get any worse after dropping a 34-point contest to the Florida Gators on Saturday. Little did they know that this margin would be topped just one day later, as Kentucky blistered the nets for 62.5% shooting from the field, while holding the Gamecocks to 26.8%, the 11th time in 12 games the Wildcats have held their opponents under 40% shooting.

In addition to the career-tying 23 points from Crawford and the 17 points from Morris, fellow junior Ramel Bradley chipped in with 15 points on 5-7 shooting, all from behind the 3-point arc. Bradley added six assists and two steals against only one turnover in the contest. Crawford was 9-12 from the field, including 3-5 from 3-point range. Jodie Meeks was the 4th Wildcat in double digits with 12 points off the bench, while Perry Stevenson also chipped in with 8 in a reserve role.

Kentucky played twelve players in the game, with eleven players playing seven minutes or more as coach Tubby Smith freely substituted in the second half as the lead mounted no matter what players took the court. With the victory, Kentucky moves to 15-3 (4-0), and will return home to face Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon. South Carolina (10-6, 0-3) returns to action to face no. 22 Tennessee in Knoxville Saturday.

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