Posted: Feb 5, 2013 9:56 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Feb 5, 2013 11:11 PM
UK jumps out to a quick 7-0 lead on South Carolina whose won only 38% of their games in conference play since they joined the SEC.
But, as True Blue Fans know, nothing is easy for this team. Sloppy play helped South Carolina get back in the game.
With 9:55 to go in the first half, Eric Smith gets an easy layup and South Carolina takes their first lead 18-17. Cal calls time.
UK wakes up. Willie Cauley-Stein with a strong move. He completes the three point playing looking smooth on the free throw. Willie has struggled hitting only 34% from the line. He looked good with his new style. Cats lead 22-18.
WCS does it again. This time Stein gets the loose ball to Harrow who turns on his jets. The flying layup makes it 26-18 UK.
The run continues as UK starts playing like they are having fun. Archie Goodwin a dunk that might get him on ESPN. Cats lead 28-18.
Ryan Harrow seemed to get Cal's message. If he didn't play better, he was going to sit. Harrow's bank makes it 36-20.
Archie Goodwin also got the message that he needed to play better. Great drive to end the half. He and Harrow are tied with a game high 10 each.
Julius Mays has 9.
Nerlens Noel has 2 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
Cats lead 45-24 at the half after going on 28-6 run to take a big lead.
The second half starts with Julius Mays hitting a three at the end of the shot clock. UK goes up 48-25.
Polson with a nice pass to Willie Cauley-Stein who jams. UK leads 57-40.
Then it's Julius Mays hitting one from Danville. UK goes up 62-40 and you have the feeling this is one night where South Carolina can't make a big run to make it close.
After being in a long slump, Julius Mays has been on fire for the last 7 games. Julius hit 4 of 5 from downtown against South Carolina. He has now hit 19 of his last 32. That's 59%. Harrow finished with 15.
Nerlens Noel got his double double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Archie Goodwin had 13 points and 5 rebounds.
Ryan Harrow made all six of his shots for 12 points.
Cats with 5 Cats in double figures shoot 61% from the field and 62% from downtown. UK beats South Carolina 77-55.