NCAAB Game Recap - Kentucky at South Carolina
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:30 PM EST

IaSt
55
Baylor
68
F
Aub
64
Alab
83
F
Seton
78
Butl
70
F
UVA
50
FlaSt
54
F
KY
78
SCar
81
F
WichSt
53
Temp
65
F
Crei
80
GTown
83
F
Colg
67
Lafy
71
F
StFPA
100
FaDi
85
F
CenCT
55
SacHr
66
F
BC
50
Syr
76
F
Samf
63
ETSU
88
F
Tuls
65
ECU
49
F
Mia-FL
63
NCSU
80
F
GMas
67
GrgWas
73
F
Ford
56
Duques
58
F(OT)
Bry
67
(N/A)
71
F
Vermt
72
Bingha
53
F
Woff
59
Chat
72
F
LIU
69
StFNY
66
F
UMass
61
StBon
74
F
Ind
50
Rut
59
F
Albany
76
UNH
73
F(OT)
VMI
62
Mercer
73
F
UMassL
98
Maine
104
F(OT)
Navy
88
Leh
83
F
Evans
42
IndSt
65
F
Stony
65
Hartfo
68
F
Tenn
63
UGA
80
F
WCU
79
Furm
83
F
StPet
51
Fairf
61
F
UNCG
79
Citad
69
F
Buck
60
Amer
61
F
InWor
56
McNee
72
F
URI
71
StJos
61
F
Tex
76
OkSt
64
F
Xav
65
Marq
85
F
N DA
66
SDSt
87
F
SDak
70
NDSt
72
F
SFA
77
CenAR
76
F
Brad
91
MOSt
78
F
TXAMC
56
SeLA
62
F
Valpa
78
NrthIA
88
F
NWSt
73
Nich
72
F
SamH
80
Lamar
75
F(OT)
NOrl
106
HBU
98
F
ND
78
GaTec
74
F
Vand
55
Ark
75
F
StJon
58
Prov
63
F
SMU
62
Hou
71
F
TexSA
77
UTEP
80
F(OT)
NM
72
ColSt
105
F
Bois
78
AF
85
F
PSU
69
Minn
75
F
UCIrv
74
CS-Ful
61
F
Stan
74
UCLA
59
F
SJSU
87
UNLV
98
F
Army
HolyC
PPD

Jan 15, 2020, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(10) Kentucky (12-4)

33

45

78

South Carolina (9-7)

25

56

81

Couisnard, South Carolina stun No. 10 Kentucky 81-78
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:41 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Freshman Jermaine Couisnard made the most of his first college start. His success against No. 10 Kentucky could mean bigger things ahead for South Carolina.

Couisnard had a career-high 26 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, and South Carolina (9-7, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) stunned No. 10 Kentucky 81-78 on Wednesday night.

Couisnard had options on the final possession after the Wildcats tied things at 78-all with 4.1 seconds left. But he rushed up the left side of the court and sent up a shot that banked off the backboard and went through.

The basket touched off pandemonium at Colonial Life Arena as Couisnard tried to outrun his teammates before they caught him for hugs and congratulations.

“I was trying to play tag with my teammates. They'd go one way and I'd go the other,” he said. “They finally caught me. I was trying to have fun, to enjoy the moment."

Couisnard was given options on the final play by Gamecocks coach Frank Martin.

“Jermaine was going to get that shot," Martin said. “He wasn't going to be denied.”

At first, Couisnard said, “I thought it was an airball."

Instead, it was the first big moment for a player who's turning into the generator Martin needs at point guard. He had 17 of his points in the second half to spur a rally from 14 points down against the Wildcats (12-4, 3-1).

The position had been a sticking point for Martin this season, trying to get more consistent play from junior Jair Bolden and even having leading scorer A.J. Lawson run the offense at times.

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

“Jermaine's becoming the hearbeat of our team," Martin said.

Moments before Couisnard's dramatic shot, Immanuel Quickly banked home a shot with 4.1 seconds to go that tied things at 78. Quickly led Kentucky with 20 points.

Keyshawn Bryant scored 15 points for the Gamecocks, who had four players in double figures.

Kentucky led by 14 less than five minutes into the second half and was still up 54-41 on EJ Montgomery's two foul shots with 11:41 left.

That's when Justin Minaya started a 27-14 run over the next seven minutes that ended with Couisnard's basket off the glass to tie things at 68-all.

After Ashton Hagans put Kentucky up again with two foul shots, Minaya answered with a 3-pointer that sent the crowd into pandemonium.

Minaya added two more baskets between a drive by Lawson and South Carolina was ahead 76-71 with 1:46 to go.

Kentucky tied it a final time on Quickly's jumper after Lawson missed two foul shots with a chance to seal the game.

Kentucky coach John Calipari liked his team's play for the first 30 minutes, but his team failed to put away the Gamecocks when it had the chance.

“I though when we had them up 14, ‘Let's get 20,'" Calipari said. “But they never stopped."

South Carolina ended a three-game losing streak against Kentucky. The Gamecocks past five wins over the Wildcats since 2009 have all come at Colonial Life Arena.

It was impossible to imagine South Carolina winning after an awful first half where it missed its first 10 shots and was shooting less than 25 percent from the field.

THE BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: The Wildcats had four players in double figures and seemed to have the game in control. But they missed eight of their final 10 shots.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks entered this one on a three-game losing streak that included a dreadful home defeat to Stetson. But on the plus side, they've now beaten a pair of top-10 teams. They topped Virginia on Dec. 22.

MORE DISCIPLINE

Calipari was bothered by his team's lack of discipline and that it played like freelancers doing their own thing instead of as a team. Hagans went 2 of 10 from the field with five turnovers. Another starter in EJ Montgomery was just 1 of 4. Both players fouled out.

“The lack of discipline that we have, especially with guys doing their own thing," Calipari said. ��You can't play that way in a big-time game."

BOARDING

South Carolina outrebounded Kentucky overall 43-41, but doubled them up in offensive rebounding, 20-10. Martin said his players are learning how to play college basketball and the lessons are showing up on the court.

UP NEXT

Kentucky plays at Arkansas on Saturday.

South Carolina travels to Texas A&M on Saturday.

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Leaders

Kentucky PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Brooks 0 0 0 7 2 1
I. Quickley 20 0 2 6 1 0
South Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Kotsar 0 0 1 4 2 1
T. Hannibal 0 0 1 4 0 0

Team Comparison

KY SCar
Points For 78 81
Field Goals 24/55-44% 29/73-40%
Three Pointers 5/15-33% 7/19-37%
Free Throws 25/35-71% 16/30-53%
Offensive Rebounds 10 20
Defensive Rebounds 31 22
Rebounds 42 47
Blocks 6 3
Steals 5 5
Turnovers 15 9
Personal Fouls 26 28
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - SCar Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 15 KY 78 @ SCar 81 K. Whitney 2 W. Leveque 2

Game Information

Stadium: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 18,000
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