Feb 5, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) shoots the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks forward RJ Slawson (33) and guard Brian Richardson (2) in the first half at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA College Basketball: Kentucky Wildcats 77 South Carolina Gamecocks 55

The Kentucky Wildcats won their fourth game in a row and pulled to within a game of the lead in the SEC with a 77-55 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Kentucky started out sluggish in the first half and trailed the Gamecocks 18-17 in the first half. Kentucky answered with an 11-0 and finished the first half with a 28-6 stretch which put them up 45-24 and put the game to bed early. The win improved Kentucky to 16-6 overall and 7-2 in the SEC. The #2 Florida Gators lost tonight to Arkansas, so the Wildcats are just one game back in the SEC with a game in Gainesville next Tuesday.

The Wildcats got balanced scoring with five players in double digits and were led by Julius Mays’s 15 points.  Nerlens Noel was a double double machine yet again, with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals.  South Carolina (12-10) (2-7) were led by Michael Carrera with 18 points but he really got no help from his team mates.  The Gamecocks shot just 28.8% for the game and were outrebounded 41-23.  The Wildcats on the other hand, shot a blistering 61.4%.

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