Kentucky Falls To LSU, 87-82
01/28/2014 11:11 PM
“(LSU) was just playing harder than us.”
Those were the words of UK freshman center Dakari Johnson after the Wildcats took yet another road loss, falling to LSU, 87-82. It was a game that followed a fairly familiar script as Kentucky looked flat to start the game and was hammered at the start by an energized team desperate for a signature win.
LSU jumped out to a 22-6 lead in the games first six and a half minutes, thanks to 10 points from junior big man Johnny O’Bryant, who would finish with 29 to go with 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks. O’Bryant’s performance highlighted a strong overall outing by LSU’s starters, who outscored UK’s starting five by 23 points, 77-54.
The lone bright spots for UK were Johnson’s career-high 15 points and 6 rebounds and James Young’s 23 points and 7 rebounds. Alex Poythress contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds off the bench and freshman shooting guard Aaron Harrison added 14 and 6.
The loss to LSU is just the latest in a long line of struggles away from Rupp Arena that have plagued the program since winning a national championship in 2012. In John Calipari’s first three seasons at UK, the Cats were 49-15 away from Rupp Arena. Since the start of last year, they are now 7-15.
Be sure to watch KSTV Wednesday for a full recap of the game and what UK needs to change before traveling to Missouri for a date with the Tigers on Saturday.