Kentucky escapes LSU 71-69, improves to 24-0
02/10/2015 11:08 PM
It was billed as UK’s toughest SEC challenge, heading to Baton Rouge to take on a physically imposing LSU team just a few short days after playing Florida in Gainesville. And that’s exactly what it turned out to be.
After falling behind 10-2 to start the game, the Cats clawed their way back to take a two-point halftime lead and looked to be in control in the second half, taking a 13-point lead with just over 12 minutes to go. But that’s when LSU went on a 22-4 run and put the Cats in a six-point hole with just under eight minutes left.
That’s when UK’s trademark defense kicked in as the Tigers scored only 3 points the remainder of the game as Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker helped push the Cats ahead and on to victory.
Towns finished the game with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Cauley-Stein recorded 15 points (on six monstrous dunks) to go with his 7 boards, while Andrew Harrison added 13 points and 4 assists, to no turnovers.
The Cats are now 24-0, one game away from the tying the best start in the program’s history and will take on South Carolina at Rupp Arena on Saturday. Be sure to watch KSTV Wednesday for a full recap of the game.