Kentucky got into the driver’s seat for an SEC road win, but missed opportunities sent the Cats back to Lexington with a 76-68 loss.
The Cats made the most out of an ugly game by building up a 14-point lead with 11:34 to play. For the final eleven-plus minutes, Kentucky did a whole lot of fouling and not a lot of scoring. The Cats closed the game by scoring just 11 more points. They weren’t making shots and they weren’t much better at the free throw line either, knocking down just 3-8 form the charity stripe in the final four minutes.
Despite their faults down the stretch, UK had a chance to take an eight-point lead with just over four minutes to play. Kevin Knox’s three-pointer bounced off the rim, right into Nick Richards’ hands, but he missed the dunk. South Carolina turned that into an And One for a six-point swing to take games’ momentum for good.
Short-handed and in foul trouble (59 total fouls were called), Kentucky had an opportunity to win it, but the young Cats made too mistakes down the stretch to capitalize with a road win.