COLUMBIA, South Carolina, Sporting Alert – Tyler Ulis scored 27 points and dished out 12 assists and No. 22 Kentucky hammered South Carolina 89-62 after Cats coach John Calipari was toss early for two technicals.
FINAL: (22) Kentucky 89, South Carolina 62 – Box Score
With only 2:26 played in the game Calipari picked up back-to-back technical fouls during a head confrontation with the officials and was ejected.
The veteran Wildcats coach was not happy with the early physical play of the South Carolina players under the basket and he went off on the game officials on the baseline.
Calipari was so heated that it took three of his players to hold him back on the sidelines as he voiced his frustration before being toss out of the game.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, Calipari was also ejected at South Carolina during a game in March 2014. The Gamecocks won that game, 72-67.
Ulis shot 7-of-14 from the floor and went 4-of-8 from 3-point range and had two steals for Kentucky (19-6, 9-3 Southeastern Conference).
Jamal Murray finished with 26 points and five rebounds, while Marcus Lee added 11 points, 13 rebounds and had two block shots, and Isaiah Briscoe finished with 10 point and five boards in the win for the Wildcats, who shot 48.4 percent from the floor.
Kentucky exploded with a number 3-pointers and dunks to score 47 points in the second with Ulis calling most of the plays on offense and the assistants running the show on defense.
“I have never been more proud of a team,” Calipari said. “They are now empowered. They’ve proven that they don’t need me and I love it.”
Michael Carrera led South Carolina with 25 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, while Chris Silva ended with 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the defeat.
Duane Notice had 10 points off the bench for the Gamecocks (21-4, 8-4 SEC).
Meanwhile, the Wildcats moved to 5-6 on the road this season, while the Gamecocks are 1-4 at home against ranked opponents under Frank Martin.
Kentucky with the victory on Saturday, makes it three wins in a row, while the Wildcats moved to the top of SEC standings ahead of LSU, with South Carolina dropping to third place in the conference standings.
The Gamecocks were held to 32.7 percent from the floor and 28.6 from long range.