LSU Falls To Kentucky In Overtime, 77-76
The LSU Tigers fell on the road in SEC action on Saturday, dropping an 77-76, overtime decision, to the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington, Kentucky.
Andre Stringer hit a jumper for LSU with 12 seconds remaining in the overtime period, giving the Tigers a 76-75 lead.
On the next trip down court, Kentucky’s James Young attempted a possible game-winning shot for the Wildcats that was blocked by LSU’s Jordan Mickey.The loose ball was then picked-up by Jame Randle of Kentucky, and the freshman scored in the lane, with less than :04 remaining, to give the 18th-ranked Wildcats a wild one-point win.
The hard-fought loss was the sixth-consecutive road setback for LSU, who hasn’t won away from Baton Rouge since January 11, when they went to Columbia, South Carolina and knocked off the South Carolina Gamecocks, 71-68.
Kentucky led at halftime, 35-32, before LSU outscored the Wildcats, 33-30, in the second half, to force overtime.
Randle’s game-winner helped Kentucky win the overtime frame, 12-11, as they escaped with the one-point win.
The win for Kentucky also avenges an 87-82 loss to LSU back on January 28 in Baton Rouge.
The Wildcats out-shot the Tigers from the field, 42%-40%, and also finished with a 43-40 rebounding advantage.
Aaron Harrison led the way for Kentucky, with 21 points and four rebounds, while James Young added 20 points and four rebounds.
Randle, who hit the game-winner, finished with 8 points and 15 rebounds.
In a losing cause for LSU, Johnny O’Bryant had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Andre Stringer scored 20 points and had 8 assists.
With the victory, Kentucky improved to 21-6, overall, and 11-3 in SEC play, while LSU fell to 16-10, overall, and 7-7 in league play.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, when they host Texas A&M.