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. Â For the final eleven-plus minutes, Kentucky did a whole lot of fouling and not a lot of scoring. Â The Cats closed the game by scoring just 11 more points. Â 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. Â Kevin Knox’s three-pointer bounced off the rim, right into Nick Richards’ hands, but he missed the dunk. Â South Carolina turned that into an And One for a six-point swing to take games’ Â 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.