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Jan. 31, 2009

Final Stats

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP)Devan Downey’s turnaround jumper with 3 seconds left lifted South Carolina to a 78-77 victory over No. 24 Kentucky on Saturday, the Gamecocks’ second victory in 23 games in Lexington.

The junior guard had been largely quiet throughout most of the game, failing to score until the final 2 minutes of the first half. But he awoke in a hurry when it counted and finished with 23 points, all but four in the second half.

Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks got one last shot–a desperation heave from just in front of the halfcourt line, but it bounced off the rim as time expired.

Zam Fredrick led the Gamecocks (16-4, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) with 24 points.

Patrick Patterson had 28 points for the Wildcats (16-6, 5-2).