Cats avenge lone loss, beat SC 82-61

The Gamecocks, behind Devan Downey, played hard but Kentucky just had too many guns. The Cats went on to avenge their only loss of the season, upending South Carolina 82-61.

Senior Patrick Patterson picked off an errant pass, then converted a field goal on a dunk shot at the 9:10 mark of the first half. The goal kicked off a critical 14-2 run over the next 9:02 to give the Wildcats a comfortable 37-23 lead. The Gamecocks, behind Devan Downey, tried but could never fully recover. The Cats went on to avenge their only loss of the season, upending South Carolina 82-61. Patterson led the Cats with 23 points, eight rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins dropped in 19 points and 11 boards, giving him his 17th double-double of the season.

South Carolina tried to hang in there and pulled to within six points of Kentucky on two occasions in the second half but could get no closer. SC's best chance came at the 10:06 mark of the second half. Downey scored to pull the Gamecocks to within six at 52-46. But it was all Kentucky after that.

The Cats shot 50% from the field and 75% from the free throw line, and dominated the Gamecocks on the glass 44-26. Kentucky added eight steals and eight blocked shots and committed just 10 turnovers.

With the win, #2-ranked Kentucky moves to 27-1 (12-1 SEC) and remains two full games ahead of Vanderbilt for the overall SEC regular season title. Vandy won a tough overtime game over Georgia tonight to keep it close.

Four UK starters played 32 minutes or more tonight. The Cats next travel to Knoxville on Saturday to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. UT last played on Tuesday. Kentucky will be playing on just 2-days rest. The Vols are coming off a 13-point road loss to Florida and have lost three of their last five games, including a 73-62 loss to the Wildcats in Rupp.

A win over UT will secure at least a tie with Vandy for the overall SEC title. Even in a tie, UK would be declared the winner given their 2 regular-season wins over the Commordores.

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