LSU freshman Ben Simmons wasn’t Kentucky’s kryptonite on Tuesday night. Instead, junior guard Tim Quarterman was Kentucky’s worst enemy in a 85-67 loss to the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La.
Kentucky seemed to be a step behind throughout the night and led for only 24 seconds against a fired up LSU team. The Tigers also got to the rim at will and scored 44 points in the paint against the Wildcats on Tuesday. LSU also dominated the battle on the boards by a 46-32 margin.
The Wildcats (11-3, 1-1 SEC) struggled mightily in its second true road test of the season and will have plenty to fix before its third road game against Alabama on Saturday.
The turning point: The Wildcats got within four points of LSU after a layup from Alex Poythress made it a 58-54 game with 9:40 to go. But LSU staged a 6-0 run in the ensuing 52 seconds with a Quarterman 3-pointer and a three-point play from Craig Victor to pull back ahead by 10 points. Kentucky couldn’t get closer than eight points the rest of the way.
MVP: Tyler Ulis scored 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting and dished out six assists in a losing effort.
Memorable moment: There wasn’t much the Wildcats will want to remember from this defeat, but the job they did defending Simmons collectively is something to hang their hats on.
Starting lineup: Alex Poythress (fouled out), Marcus Lee (fouled out), Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, Jamal Murray.
Off the bench: Skal Labissiere, Derek Willis, Issac Humphries, Charles Matthews, Mychal Mulder.