COLUMBIA — Anthony Davis had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks as Kentucky wiped away memories of the last time the top-ranked Wildcats came to South Carolina with an 86-52 win Saturday night.
Kentucky (23-1, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) has won 15 in a row. And it will stay atop the rankings, unlike in 2010 when the No. 1 Wildcats were stunned 68-62 by the Gamecocks.
This time, Davis and Terrence Jones made sure there wouldn’t be a similar flop. The two combined for 34 points in the first half as Kentucky took a 52-25 lead at the break and eventually increased the margin to 41.
Damien Leonard scored a career-high 19 points for South Carolina (9-13, 1-7).
NO. 12 FLORIDA 73, NO. 25 VANDERBILT 65
In Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 18 points and Bradley Beal added 16, lifting Florida (19-4, 7-1 SEC) to its seventh consecutive victory.
Jeffery Taylor led Vanderbilt (16-7, 5-3) with 25 points.
NO. 22 MISSISSIPPI STATE 91, AUBURN 88
In Starkville, Miss., Arnett Moultrie scored 21 points and Renardo Sidney added 17 to lead Mississippi State (18-5, 5-3 SEC).
Auburn (13-10, 3-6) was led by Varez Ward, who scored 24 points off the bench.
TENNESSEE 73, GEORGIA 62
In Knoxville, Tenn., Trae Golden came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 16 points to lead Tennessee (11-12, 3-5 SEC) past Georgia (10-12, 1-7).
The Bulldogs led 41-34 with 14:25 to play when Jordan McRae hit a 3-pointer for Tennessee. Golden sank a 3 on the next possession, and Kenny Hall followed with a pair of free throws to put the Vols up for good.
Georgia coach Mark Fox was assessed a technical while arguing a call with 19 seconds left and was ejected after continuing to rant.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Bulldogs with 16 points.
ALABAMA 69, MISSISSIPPI 67 (2OT)
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Andrew Steele hit a jumper and 1 of 2 free throws in the final 31 seconds of the second overtime, lifting Alabama (15-7, 4-4 SEC).
JaMychal Green led Alabama with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Nick Williams had 19 to lead Mississippi (14-8, 4-4).
LOUISIANA STATE 71, ARKANSAS 65
In Baton Rouge, La., Ralston Turner had 16 points to pace four players in double figures for Louisiana State (13-9, 3-5 SEC).
Mardracus Wade had 15 points for Arkansas (16-7, 4-4).