Kentucky throttles South Carolina 77-43 for 25-0 start

Willie Cauley-Stein - photo by Walter Cornett
Willie Cauley-Stein – photo by Walter Cornett

scored 14 points, added 11 and No. 1 matched the program’s best start by routing 77-43 on Saturday.

The Wildcats’ 25-0 record equaled the 1953-54 squad that rolled through the regular season but declined an tournament bid.

This year’s talented squad is thoroughly focused on winning the school’s ninth national championship and took another step toward its quest for perfection by completing a season sweep of the overmatched Gamecocks (12-12, 3-9 Southeastern Conference).

After holding to 27 percent shooting in last month’s meeting, limited the Gamecocks to just 13 of 55 from the field (24 percent) this time, their second-worst outing this season.

The Wildcats quickly built a 20-point lead in nearly 12 minutes. added 13 rebounds and 10 points for Kentucky, which shot 50 percent.