Tuesday, February 10, 2015

No. 1 Kentucky Escapes Baton Rouge With a Gritty Win

(1) Kentucky 71
LSU 69

Final from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Late in the second half, it looked like LSU would hand the Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season following a stunning 21-2 run.

The run was largely triggered by a technical foul called on Kentucky's Karl Towns for hanging on the rim.

Towns ended up redeeming himself as he made several key plays down the stretch to help the Wildcats (24-0, 11-0 SEC) escape Baton Rouge with a 71-69 win.

''I'm proud of Karl because he came back and grew up,'' Calipari said. ''Now I doubt - ever in his life - will he chin-up on a basket, ever again. But that's why I looked like an idiot on the sideline and why I refused to call timeout. I even said, `I hope we lose. Watch this!'''

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points for Kentucky. Devin Booker added 14 and Andrew Harrison had 13 for the Wildcats. Towns finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Jarell Martin led LSU (17-7, 6-5) with 21 points and 11 boards. Keith Hornsby chipped in 17 points and Jordan Mickey added 16.

The paid attendance of 13,997 is a new record for the Maravich Center's current seating configuration.

Kentucky can tie a school record for the best start to a season by winning at home on Saturday against South Carolina.

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