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Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs LSU

James Young is just the second player in Kentucky program history (Brandon Knight) with 70 or more 3-pointers in a freshman season.

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  • improves to 23-9 overall, while falls to 19-13.
  • Kentucky leads the series 95-35 including 14-3 on neutral ground.
  • The Wildcats are 120-24 all-time in the Tournament and 23-7 when it's held in Atlanta.
  • Kentucky is 40-11 all-time in the SEC Quarterfinal contest including owning a 5-1 mark when playing LSU in that round.
  • advances to the semifinal rounds of the SEC Tournament and will play the winner of the Georgia-Ole Miss game at approximately 3:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Team Facts

  • Kentucky's starting lineup consisted of five freshmen in Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, and . That lineup improves to 7-3 on the season.
  • Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and Jarrod Polson were the first subs off the bench for UK. It marked the team-leading 18th time Poythress was the first called upon, the 13th time for Cauley-Stein and the third time for Polson.
  • Young hit a 3-pointer at the 18:56 mark for Kentucky's opening bucket to extend UK's 3-point streak to 892 consecutive games. It is the third largest streak in the country.
  •  coached teams are 123-37 in the months of March and April.
  • UK out-rebounded LSU by 16. The Cats are 20-7 when out-rebounding their opponent this season.

First Half Facts

  • LSU jumped out to a 6-0 lead on consecutive made 3-pointers from Shavon Coleman. UK called a timeout with 18:59 remaining in the first half.
  • A 6-0 run capped off by the third Young 3-pointer of the half brought Kentucky back to within two at 22-20 with 9:26 remaining in the opening stanza.
  • The Wildcats continued the string of points, stretching the run to 10-0 grabbing their first lead on an  15-footer with 7:29 remaining.
  • Kentucky's defensive pressure amped up and forced the Tigers into five turnovers and just one made field goal while extending the run to a 23-3 stretch in favor of the Cats over an 8:16 stretch of the clock. The run was by two Cauley-Stein blocks and a steal by Andrew Harrison capped by a Young flush.
  • Kentucky took a 10-point lead into halftime leading 42-32. Kentucky is now 19-2 on the year when leading at the break.

Second Half Facts

  • LSU made it a two-possession game with 14:07 remaining following a steal and made 3-pointer to cut the lead to six at 51-45.
  • After the Tigers trimmed the game to just a two-point contest, Poythress nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to lift UK back to a two possession game with less than 12 minutes to play. It would be the closest LSU would get the rest of the way.
  • A 6-0 spurt finished by consecutive buckets from  gave UK a 67-55 lead with just under six to play.
  • Another 7-0 run by the Wildcats with a dunk from Cauley-Stein and 3-pointer from Aaron Harrison in just one minute of game clock ignited the Wildcats to a 76-59 lead with 3:58 remaining.

Individual Notes

  • Willie Cauley-Stein scored eight points and had six blocked shots.
    • Now has 154 career blocked shots moving past Patrick Patterson for eighth place on UK's all-time shot blocker list.
    • Totaled 94 blocks for the season which ranks third for a single-year in program history.
    • Is the sixth game of the season with six or more rejections and the first since posting six in a home victory over Ole Miss on Feb. 4.
  • Aaron Harrison posted 14 points and made a trio of 3-pointers.
    • It's the 23rd double-figure scoring game of his career.
    • Marked the fifth game this season with at least three 3-pointers.
    • Moved into 14th place on UK's freshman single-season scoring list with 432 points on the year.
  • Andrew Harrison tallied 11 points and dished out a career-high eight assists.
    • Has four or more assists in six of UK's last eight contests including two straight.
    • Logged 13 assists in UK's last two contests with today's eight marking a career-best.
    • Moved into a tie with Rajon Rondo with 118 assists of the season which is fifth best in a single-season for any UK freshman.
  • Dakari Johnson narrowly missed on his first career double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
    • Set a career-high with nine rebounds in the opening half.
    • Also registered three blocks marking the third time this season he has swatted three or more shot attempts.
  • Julius Randle finished with 17 points and a career-high matching 16 rebounds.
    • Became the first player since DeMarcus Cousins in 2009-10 to have 10 or more rebounds in nine-consecutive games.
    • Notched his fifth-straight double-double and the 19th of his career. He's one shy of trying the most in a single-year by any UK freshman.
    • The 16 rebounds matches a career high which he also set against UNC Asheville in the opening game of the season.
    • Moved past Terrence Jones for third place on the single-season freshman rebounding list with 340 boards on the year. That mark also ranks 15th for any player in a single-year in program history.
  • James Young had a team-high 21 points and added six rebounds and four assists.
    • Poured in 17 points in the opening half which tied for his season-high in points in any stanza for the season. He also had 17 in the opening half against Boise State on Dec. 10, 2013.
    • Had his team-leading eighth 20-point scoring game of the season.
    • Is just the second player in program history (Brandon Knight) with 70 or more 3-pointers in a freshman season.
    • With four assists he moved to 23rd on the freshman assists' record list.
    • Advanced to ninth place in the freshman single season scoring list with 467 points on the year.

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