Bradley’s double-double leads Wildcats over South Carolina

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP)—Ramel Bradley had 26 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double as Kentucky returned to .500 with a 78-70 victory over South Carolina Saturday.

Although the Gamecocks knocked down 12 3-pointers—tying a season high in the conference with Tennessee and Mississippi State—Bradley had the accuracy advantage. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from long-range, one shy of his career high.

Kentucky needed the production out of its spirited senior point guard, whose lone previous double-double came last year at Auburn. Freshman center Patrick Patterson nearly joined him, with 22 points and 9 rebounds.

Kentucky, coming off Tuesday’s upset of No. 3 Tennessee, has now won consecutive games for the first time since November.

The Wildcats (9-9, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) got all but five of their points from four scorers—Bradley, Patterson, Jodie Meeks and Perry Stevenson. Derrick Jasper got the rest, including a wide-open 3 with five minutes left that gave Kentucky the lead for good.

Until the end, the Gamecocks presented a major threat, particularly the way Devan Downey was shooting. He led South Carolina with 24 points.

South Carolina (9-10, 1-4) got a layup from Dwayne Day just before halftime to pull to within 39-34. That began a 14-0 run that included three consecutive 3s early in the second half—two from Zam Fredrick and one from Evaldas Baniulis that gave the Gamecocks their first lead.

Fredrick added another 3-pointer with 16 minutes to go, pushing the Wildcats’ deficit to 46-39—their largest of the game.

That’s when Kentucky’s slumping shooters reawakened.

The Wildcats got three dunks from Stevenson, another from Patrick Patterson and a critical 3 from Ramel Bradley during a key stretch to tie the score.

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D. Downey D. Downey
10-20,  24 Pts
1 Rebs, 7 Assists
R. Bradley R. Bradley
8-13,  26 Pts
10 Rebs, 4 Assists

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