- Saturday, January 7 1995 -
Kentucky - 80 (Head Coach: Rick Pitino) - [Ranked 8th by AP]
South Carolina - 55 (Head Coach: Eddie Fogler) - [Unranked]
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Halftime Score: Kentucky 36, South Carolina 28
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 4 No. 27. (All Rights Reserved)
Cats Crush a Clutch of Carolina Cocks:
The Cats had relatively little trouble in defeating South Carolina 80-55 in their first road SEC game. [JNB note - technical difficulties in the radio broadcast and poor reception in my area means I didn't hear absolutely all of the game, so this account won't be as complete as usual.]
Kentucky got off to a 9-2 start against the Gamecocks with a basket and FT by Walker and a couple of Rhodes 3s, but USC scored on a Rich layup, Russell FTs, and a Russell putback basket to close to 9-8. A Walker 3 and a Sheppard 3 moved the Cats out 20-14 (Watson added a basket for USC). When the Gamecocks closed to 23-20 on a Stack dunk, Bostick dunk, and Watson basket, the Cats surged out 29-20 on 3s by Delk. When the Gamecocks made it 30-25 after a pair of Bostick FTs, Epps and Delk gave UK a 36-25 lead which was shortened to 36-28 on a Watson layup and FT at halftime.
The second half was almost all Kentucky. UK blew out to a 42-30 lead on 3s by Rhodes and Sheppard. Continued good 3 point shooting (by Sheppard and Rhodes in particular) created a 55-36 bulge. With 10 minutes left in the game, UK was up 64-40 on a McCarty layup. A dunk and FTs by Prickett and Rhodes' FTs allowed UK to go up 69-47, and the Cats cruised to a final 80-55 margin. WHAS commentators noted that the officials appeared to allow a large amount of rough play (with Epps being hit hard in the nose and Pope being undercut with no calls, but at the same time numerous touch fouls were assessed).
South Carolina's Melvin Watson gets a step on Rodrick Rhodes (#12)
Mark Pope reaches for the ball