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UK Hoops upsets No. 13 South Carolina

A monster road win for the Cats with the regular season winding down.

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Matthew Mitchell and his No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats just picked up a huge road win.

It came Thursday night as the Cats went into Columbia and came away with a win over the No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks, 65-57.

Rhyne Howard and Taylor Murray led the way with 17 points apiece. Murray also chipped in eight boards, four steals and five assists.

Maci Morris scored 12, including six-straight points to help push UK into the lead for good.

The Cats’ defense forced 21 Gamecocks turnovers and held them to 18/52 shooting from the field. UK hit 13/14 free throws and 6/12 three-pointers while recording 14 steals.

With the win, UK snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Gamecocks and a six-game skid in Columbia.

South Carolina actually won the first matchup in Memorial Coliseum, 75-70. The Gameoccks entered tonight 11-1 in SEC play and 19-6 overall with just two home losses to No. 4 Baylor and No. 9 Maryland.

Kentucky entered the game projected as a 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament by ESPN. This kind of win may have pushed them into a 4 seed with three regular-season games remaining.

Here is the final box score:

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