Fast Break: A quick summary of Kentucky's victory over South Carolina

February 4, 2012 

Talking points

Coach John Calipari says his team's potential is scary. South Carolina found out what he meant. Doron Lamb scored eight quick points and UK came out sharp. A 12-3 lead became 21-10 on back-to-back Anthony Davis slams. A brief South Carolina spurt was answered by Terrence Jones, who had 16 first-half points. Carolina showed little life and the UK lead was 52-25 by the half. That included eight dunks, which was one more field goal than South Carolina had. For the Gamecocks, it didn't get any better. They started the second half 1-for-12 from the field.

Telling numbers

■ Jones and Davis combined for nine more points in the first half than South Carolina.

■ Kentucky made eight of its first nine shots. Five were dunks.

■ After making 24 of 27 free throws Tuesday, UK hit 15 of 18 in the first half.

■ If UK had not scored a point in the second half, the game would have been tied. (USC had a late scoring flurry — 16 points in the final 5:49)

■ Doron Lamb scored 18 points. His final shot was his only miss.

Thumbs up

■ The game was almost 12 minutes old before UK turned over the ball, its only one in the first half.

■ It's hard to recall a game when UK had an inside combo that looked as intimidating as Davis and Jones were in the first half (Bowie-Turpin?). They had 34 points, nine rebounds and six blocks in the first 20 minutes.

■ Davis broke the SEC's freshman season shot-blocking record (held by a guy named Shaq).

Thumbs down

■ Here's hoping Lexington native Darrin Horn gets South Carolina turned around, but they didn't show a lot of spirit playing at home against a No. 1 team.

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