The No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats suffered their first defeat of conference play Wednesday night as they fell to the South Carolina Gamecocks  81-78 after a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Jermaine Couisnard.

Kentucky got off to a hot start as they took an 8-0 lead to start the night and led by as many as 14 in the second half. This did not stop the Gamecocks who clawed back to take their first lead of the night with 3:15 to play.

The Gamecocks held the lead until Kentucky tied the game with five seconds to play, but Couisnard was able to end the game in regulation with a heroic last-second shot.

Couisnard led all scorers with 26 points after shooting 9-22 and 4-5 from three-point land. Sophomore Keyshawn Bryant added 15 points and threw down a pair of highlight-reel dunks in the victory.

The Wildcats were led by Immanuel Quickley, who scored 20 points, including the game-tying shot with five seconds to play.

Kentucky’s downfall Wednesday was their rebounding and free-throw shooting. South Carolina outrebounded the Wildcats 42-41 and grabbed 20 offensive boards.

At the line, the Wildcats who had been great all season from the charity stripe went just 25-35 from the line. These missed opportunities would be the eventual difference-maker on the scoreboard as Kentucky’s four-game winning streak came to an end.

The Wildcats (13-4, 3-1) will look to put the heartbreaking loss behind them as they will travel west to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday afternoon

 

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