UK moves to 19-0 with 58-43 win over South Carolina

01/24/2015 02:16 PM

John Calipari has told anyone who will listen that his team is going to get their opponent’s best shot every time on the floor and they’ll need to be ready to battle. That certainly looked to be the case again in the first half in Columbia as the South Carolina Gamecocks pushed, shoved and scrapped their way into a competitive game. Junior center Willie Cauley-Stein, a national player of the year candidate, spent most of the first half on the bench after picking up his second foul only 4 minutes into the game.

The Cats eventually pulled away some, entering the half with a ten-point lead, and tried to slam the door shut in the first seven minutes of the second half, holding Frank Martin’s team to only one made field goal. But offensive troubles on the UK side kept the game from getting out of hand, though it was never really close again.

Freshman Devin Booker paced the UK offense with 18 points, while fellow freshman Tyler Ulis dished out 6 assists to go with his 6 points. Aaron Harrison added 13 points and 4 rebounds, while sophomore Marcus Lee gave the Cats 4 blocks off the bench.

Perhaps the most encouraging way to look at the game though is from the perspective of the things that didn’t work for UK. The Cats were out-rebounded, got only 2 points and 3 boards from Cauley-Stein and went nearly 10 minutes in the second half without a made field goal. All of this, yet the game was never really close. It’s a credit to UK’s defense, which held the Gamecocks to 22.6% shooting on the game.

Be sure to watch KSTV Monday for a full recap of the team’s 19th win to start the season.


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