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Couisnard, South Carolina stun No. 10 Kentucky 81-78

A three-point shot as the buzzer sounded put USC on top
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South Carolina guard Jermaine Couisnard (5) celebrates at the end of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Couisnard hit the game-winning shot as South Carolina won 81-78. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Freshman Jermaine Couisnard hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded and South Carolina rallied from 14 points down in the second half to stun No. 10 Kentucky 81-78. 

Couisnard had a career-high 26 points, including his game-winner that banked in off the glass. Couisnard and his teammates ran around the court in celebration as the fans errupted in cheers.

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South Carolina guard Jermaine Couisnard (5) follows through on the game-winning shot between Kentucky's Immanuel Quickley (5) and Nick Richards (4) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Moments before Couisnard's shot, Immanuel Quickly had pulled the Wildcats even at 78 by banking in a shot with 4.1 seconds to go. 

The Gamecocks ended a three-game skid against Kentucky.

This marks the first time since the 2005-2006 season that the Gamecocks have beaten two teams ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll in the same season. USC won at ninth-ranked Virginia in December. 

Carolina got off to a rough start offensively with its first points coming after the under 16 media timeout in the first half. USC trailed by eight at halftime.