Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs LSU

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  • Kentucky is 21-6 overall, 11-3 in the Southeastern Conference.  LSU is 16-10 overall, 7-7 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 84-25, including 42-5 in Lexington. LSU won the earlier meeting this season, 87-82 in Baton Rouge.
  • Kentucky completes the two-game homestand Thursday against Arkansas.  Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky started Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson for the seventh-consecutive game. It’s the 11th time this season UK has opened with an all-freshman lineup and UK is 10-1 in those games.
  • LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant scored the first six points of the game, prompting a UK timeout at the 17:37 mark.
  • UK returned from the timeout and held LSU scoreless for the next four minutes. Meanwhile, the Wildcats scored on six straight possessions for a 13-0 run.
  • LSU rallied to tie at 15, then UK got a 3-point shot from Young (UK’s only 3-pointer of the day) and a 3-point play from Aaron Harrison to make it 21-15.
  • UK led by as many as eight points at 34-26 before LSU closed to within 35-32 at halftime.

Second-Half Story

  • LSU got the first eight points of the second half, capping a 14-1 run for a 40-35 lead.
  • Kentucky responded with six straight points and the teams battled evenly after that.
  • Anthony Hickey’s 3-pointer with 1:45 to play put LSU ahead 64-63.
  • After an Andre Stringer foul shot with 20 seconds remaining, Aaron Harrison sent it to overtime with a pair of foul shots with 10 seconds left.

Overtime Observations

  • LSU’s Hickey broke a 69-69 tie with a 3-pointer with 2:48 on the clock.  Hickey scored on the Tigers’ next possession to keep them ahead 74-71.
  • UK went ahead 75-74 with two foul shots each from Julius Randle and James Young.
  • LSU reclaimed a 76-75 advantage on a Stringer drive with 10 seconds to go.
  • Julius Randle got a loose ball in the lane and put in the game-winner just in front of the basket with four seconds to go.
  • LSU was unable to get off a final shot as Young came up with a steal at midcourt at the buzzer.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky is now 1-1 in overtime games this season.
  • Kentucky was strong around the basket today.
    • UK won points in the paint 50-28.
    • UK got 17 offensive rebounds, leading to a 24-9 edge in second-chance points.
  • UK made 20 of 26 free throws, 76.9 percent.
    • Over the last 11 games, UK has made 73.3 percent at the charity stripe.
  • Aaron Harrison had 21 points and James Young had 20.  The last time UK had two 20-point scorers was Feb. 1 when those players scored those same amounts in the win at Missouri.

Individual Notes

  • Aaron Harrison had a game-high 21 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season.
    • His 7-of-7 performance at the foul line featured the two tying shots with 10 seconds in regulation.
    • Played a career-high 43 minutes.
  • Andrew Harrison had nine points, six rebounds and four assists while playing a career-high 39 minutes. He also had a career-high two blocked shots, including a key block of O’Bryant in the final 30 seconds of overtime that set up two foul shots by Young.
  • Marcus Lee saw his first game action since Feb. 4 and contributed a basket in two minutes of play.
  • Julius Randle had eight points, including the game-winner with four seconds to go.  He also muscled his way to 15 rebounds, one shy of his career high set in the season opener.
  • James Young finished with 20 points, his seventh 20-point game of the season. He made UK’s only 3-point shot of the game and played a career-high 41 minutes.