Fast Break: A quick summary of UK's win over South Carolina

Herald-Leader Staff ReportJanuary 8, 2012 

Talking points

South Carolina took it to UK early on the boards but struggled from the field, hitting 25 percent in the first half. UK was clinging to a 21-18 lead when the Cats finished the first half on a 13-0 run that ended with an Anthony Davis highlight follow dunk. By the time the UK lead reached 50-31, UK was hitting 62 percent from the field while the Gamecocks were hitting 29 percent. South Carolina heated up from three-point land and got as close as 62-50 but Terrence Jones helped prevent the Gamecocks from getting any closer.

Telling numbers

■ Anthony Davis has blocked at least three shots in all but one UK game (two against North Carolina). His seven blocks against South Carolina give him 74 for the season.

■ The game was 86 seconds old before John Calipari had to call his first timeout.

■ South Carolina had zero points off the fast break.

■ UK forced its 11th shot-clock violation, already one more than last season's total.

Thumbs up

■ For the first time since the North Carolina game, Jones had the bounce back in his game. He made his first eight shots and finished with 20 points.

■ UK hit 59.2 percent from the field and 45.5 on three-pointers.

■ Davis has five straight double-doubles.

Thumbs down

■ UK's board work was nothing special.

■ Darius Miller slipped back into his non-assertive mode: four points and one rebound.

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