Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Men's college basketball notebook: SC stuns No. 10 Kentucky 81-78

Men's college basketball notebook: SC stuns No. 10 Kentucky 81-78

It marked only the seventh time in 279 occasions under Calipari that United Kingdom lost after leading by 10 points at any point in the game.

Forward Keyshawn Bryant scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half as the Gamecocks (9-7, 1-2 SEC) outscored the Wildcats 56-45 in the half and 13-10 over the last 4:27.

Couisnard, though, brings courage and personality to the team, Martin said, unafraid to make plays and do whatever is necessary for SC.

SC point guard Tyasha Harris didn't do a much celebrating when the Gamecocks ascended to the top of the rankings this week.

- Kentucky had an eight-point halftime lead, scored 45 points in the second half but lost because it gave up 56 - 31 more than SC had in the first half and as many points as SC scored in the game in losses to Stetson, Houston, Wichita State and Tennessee.

In addition to transition offense, the Gamecocks got plenty of second-chance opportunities by dominating the glass - USC had 25 offensive rebounds compared to 23 defensive ones for Missouri on the night.

Lawson, who entered the game with a team-best 14.5-point scoring average, scored only five points for SC, and top rebounder Maik Kotsar was hampered by foul issues and was scoreless with just four rebounds in 12 minutes. LSU has survived some close calls, as three of its four conference wins were decided by a total of seven points. Quickly led Kentucky with 20 points. Four of the team's five starters are sophomores or older with both frontcourt players upperclassmen: junior Nick Richards and graduate transfer Nate Sestina. Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey each added 13 points for UK.

Staley said the group came in ready to dig in, work and improve, attributes the coach added isn't always common among older players. His last five games have been tremendous. They are the only conference team still unbeaten in league play. Rebounds-South Carolina 62 (Boston 6-10), Missouri 31 (Blackwell 2-6). The Cats compounded that issue by turning the ball over 15 times leading to 19 points off turnovers for the Gamecocks.

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"You can't play that way in a big-time game", Calipari said.

Jermaine Couisnard, South Carolina - Forget the hero shot at the buzzer. He put the Gamecocks on his back and carried them to a memorable upset.

In his immediate assessment of Kentucky's 81-78 loss at SC on Wednesday, John Calipari kept returning to one word: discipline.

4-4 - John Calipari's record in Columbia since becoming United Kingdom head coach.

- UK, one of the nation's best free throw shooting teams until three games ago, missed 10 of 35 tries at the line.

10/15 - United Kingdom was underwater in the assist-to-turnover ratio for the first time since the loss to Utah on December 18. Kentucky led 33-25 at the half. The Gamecocks scored almost three points per minute from that point forward.

SC "deserved to win the game", Calipari added.

2016 - The a year ago that United Kingdom won a game at SC.

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