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Updated: Saturday, February 1, 2003 5:18 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(7) Kentucky 87, South Carolina 69
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COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Marquis Estill scored 18 points and Keith Bogans added 16 as seventh-ranked Kentucky extended its winning streak to 10 games with an 87-69 Southeastern Conference victory over South Carolina.

Erik Daniels contributed 14 points as four of Kentucky's starters scored in double figures. Chuck Hayes tallied 12 points and Gerald Fitch nine as the Wildcats shot 52 percent (34-of-65).

Kentucky (16-3, 6-0 SEC East) improved to 31-5 all time against South Carolina and remained one-half game behind No. 4 Florida (7-0) for the lead in the East division. The Wildcats host Florida on Tuesday.

Hayes also pulled down 10 rebounds as Kentucky had a 37-24 advantage on the glass.

"Marquis Estill has a big body, great hands and has a strong physical presence," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "Chuck Hayes does a good job around the boards as well."

Chuck Eidson scored 17 points and Kerbrell Brown added 15 for South Carolina (7-10, 1-6), which has lost six straight games.

Estill scored 16 points in the first half, making 7-of-11 shots as the Wildcats built a 57-32 lead. Daniels, who matched his career high with 19 points in Kentucky's 62-55 home win over South Carolina on January 11, made 3-of-3 shots from the floor and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line in the first half.

Daniels and Bogans each scored five points in a 19-2 run that gave Kentucky a 42-24 lead with 3:39 left in the first half.

"Early in the game, South Carolina did a good job attacking our press," Smith said. "Once we settled down into our half-court offense defense, I thought we got our composure and started making our shots. We did a better job today rebounding the basketball."

South Carolina shot 57 percent (12-of-21) in the first half, but was 0-of-5 from behind the arc. Kentucky hit 59 percent (23-of-39) of its shots, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. The Wildcats also outscored the Gamecocks in the paint, 34-16, in the first 20 minutes.

"In some ways this was not unlike the one in Rupp (Arena)," South Carolina coach Dave Odom said. "We came out and played some of our best basketball for the first six or eight minutes. Then, like at Rupp, they went on an extended run and during that five-minute stretch, the game was won by them and lost by us."

Kentucky's biggest lead was 69-42 on a 3-pointer from Bogans with 12:36 left and the Gamecocks did not cut the deficit under 15 points in the second half.


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