SC 76 United Kingdom 68

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SC shot 38 percent from the field, missed 18 of its 23 shots from the arc, came up empty on 13 free throws, and suffered an 11-minute drought without a bucket on Tuesday night in Columbia, S.C. The Wildcats are 2-1 so far.

SC jumped out to a 7-0 lead to begin the game, forcing Kentucky into an early timeout.

Martin said he's not going to get too high after this win, even though it's coming at a good time for his freshman-laden team, because he knows there's still 12 more SEC games to play down the road.

Silva "was the difference", Calipari said. "They got exhausted. But you ask these guys, 'Would you rather play half a game or play every minute?' What do you think they're going to say?" Kentucky played its third straight game without him and it showed at the end of each one of those games. They looked like fouls every time we reached in. John Calipari has openly criticized his team's toughness. We're not an execution team. Yeah, that's what I thought", as if to say: "What, did you think he'd stink? . I don't think about numbers while I'm playing. "They earned it in practice'". Kentucky vs SC live stream is on WatchESPN.

Was Vanderbilt going to be worth the wait for increasingly impatient United Kingdom fans?

Kentucky is formidable with four active players averaging in double figures.

Kevin Knox led the Wildcats with 21 points, followed by Richards with 12 and PJ Washington with 10. Kentucky only had a 3-point cushion heading into halftime, 37-34.

Foul-ravaged United Kingdom had no answer for SC forward Chris Silva, who scored 15 of his game-high 27 points in the second half of the Gamecocks' improbable 76-68 upset. Grad student guard Frank Booker checks in at 10.9. In 35 minutes, he collected 27 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block with 1 turnover.

"We weren't listening to nothing the coaches were saying", Knox acknowledged. "They are very physical".

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And South Carolina would continue its hot stretch, finishing the game on a 33-11 run to win by eight. The Wildcats won at Vanderbilt 74-67 and defeated Georgia 66-61 in Lexington.

Don't expect the Gamecocks to rest on their laurels.

Sometimes in athletic competition players give all they have and perform at the highest level possible and still lose the competition. Kentucky has won five of six and is trending in the right direction as it gets into the thick of conference play. The fiasco did not really favor one team or the other, but a shorthanded United Kingdom roster playing without injured point guard Quade Green and center Tai Wynyard felt the brunt of the constant whistles. "I just keep learning and do what I'm asked to do".

"This has to give us confidence", Martin said.

"All of a sudden, you've got a bunch of young guys that don't know how to grind it", Calipari said. "We had some guys just get caught up in the moment".

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