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Gamecocks Stun No.1 Wildcats

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 13:  Devan Downey #2 of the South Carolina Gamecocks makes a shot over Barry Stewart #22 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the quaterfinal round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 13, 2009 at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Joseph AlbersonAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2010

Led by SEC leading scorer Devan Downey, the South Carolina Gamecocks defeated No. 1 ranked Kentucky by a score of 68-62 Tuesday night.

Downey led all scorers with 30 points and made countless circus shots and key baskets down the stretch. Sam Muldrow added 11 boards and five blocks to help lead the 'Cocks to their first victory over a No. 1 ranked team.

Most of the hype heading into the game centered around the match up of Kentucky freshman sensation John Wall and the veteran Downey. Wall finished with 19 points with only two assists and four turnovers and at times looked overwhelmed by the Gamecock defense and deafening crowd noise (Gamecock Sandstorm).

Downey clearly proved he's the frontrunner for SEC player of the year, and should possibly be considered for National POY.

South Carolina (12-8, 3-3) improves to .500 in the SEC on the season, while Kentucky (19-1, 4-1) picks up their first loss of the year.

Up next for USC is red hot Georgia, coming off an upset of Tennessee, this Saturday, 1/30 in Columbia. Ketucky hosts Vandy Saturday in a battle of the top two SEC East teams.

The party in Columbia will move from the court of the Colonial Life Arena to Five Points on a night where Downey and the Gamecocks tamed the Wildcats.

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