(22) Kentucky 89
South Carolina 62
Final from Columbia, South Carolina
No. 22 Kentucky overcame a great deal of adversity in impressive fashion to earn an incredible 89-62 win over South Carolina in Columbia this afternoon.
Referee Doug Sirmons, who had one of the worst complete games that I've ever seen by an official, ejected Kentucky head coach John Calipari just three minutes into the game.
The Wildcats (19-6, 9-3 SEC) then went to another level and cruised past the homestanding Gamecocks.
Tyler Ulis led Kentucky with 27 points and 12 assists. Jamal Murray added 26 points. Marcus Lee finished with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
South Carolina (21-4, 8-4) got 25 points and 10 boards from Michael Carrera. Chris Silva and Duane Notice each scored 10.
Kentucky is now tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference standings with LSU. The Tigers knocked off Texas A&M this afternoon to also move to 9-3.
As for Sirmons, he (alone) called 4 technical fouls during today's game. His calls on Calipari were bizarre to say the least. The SEC should review the film from today's game.
Kentucky returns home to face Tennessee next Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The Wildcats will be looking to avenge a disappointing loss in Knoxville earlier this month.
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