POSTGAME NOTES: LSU Stuns Kentucky 73-71 Tuesday Night
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Compiled by UK Athletics
Final Score: No. 19/21 LSU 73, No. 5 Kentucky 71
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is now 20-4 overall and 9-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Tonight’s loss ends a 10-game winning streak – the longest since the 2016-17 season – including a nine-game SEC win streak.
LSU is 20-4, 10-1 in the SEC.
Kentucky leads the series 89-27 with tonight ending a three-game winning streak vs. the Tigers.
UK leads 45-6 in games played in Lexington.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats stay home to host No. 1-ranked Tennessee on Saturday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
For the second time this season, Kentucky will host ESPN College GameDay on Saturday at 11 a.m. The venue will be historical Memorial Coliseum on the UK campus. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free.
In the First Half
Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro (pictured), Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the 17th time this season. UK is now 13-4 with that lineup.
The teams battled evenly for most of the first half.
LSU went ahead 30-29 with 4:46 remaining but it proved to the Tigers’ final basket of the half.
UK held LSU without a field goal for the final 4:45 of the half, assembling an 11-2 run to take a 40-32 lead at halftime.
In the Second Half
Kentucky began the second half with Immanuel Quickley, Herro, Johnson, Washington and Travis.
Kentucky edged the lead to nine, largest of the game at 48-39, but LSU chipped away and got its first lead of the second half, 58-56, with 8:15 remaining.
UK tied the game at 62, but LSU’s Naz Reid broke the knot with a set-shot 3-pointer with 3:45 remaining.
Trailing by five, Washington scored five straight to tie it again at 69 with 1:12 to go.
LSU’s Tremont Waters hit two foul shots but Johnson countered with two free throws with six seconds left to tie the game at 71.
LSU’s Skylar Mays missed a driving layup, but Kavell BIgby-Williams tipped it in at the buzzer for the win.
Kentucky won the rebounding 39-32 and points in the paint 34-30.
UK is now 18-2 this season when winning/tying the rebounding and 17-3 when prevailing in the paint.
UK is 4-2 vs. Associated Press Top 25 foes this season.
Tonight’s game ended Kentucky’s 17-game winning streak at Rupp Arena, including 14 in a row this season.
PJ Washington scored 20 points and tied for game-high honors in rebounding with nine.
It is his eighth 20-point game of the season and his sixth in his last seven games.
He has nine straight games in double figures.
Keldon Johnson scored 16 points, including the pressure-packed two game-tying free throws with six seconds remaining.
With other UK guards battling foul trouble, Tyler Herro played a career-high 39 minutes and totaled 12 points and four assists.
Reid Travis scored nine points and tied Washington for rebounding honors with nine.
Calipari is now 295-68 at UK.
He remains two wins away from tying Joe B. Hall for the second-most victories by a UK head coach in program history.
Calipari has a 740-208 all-time on-court record.
UK is 56-28 vs. AP ranked competition under Calipari.