LSU 63

(14-13, 3-10 SEC)

Kentucky 70

(19-8, 8-5 SEC)

9:00 PM ET, February 20, 2007

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky

1 2 T
LSU 31 3263
UK 30 4070

Top Performers

LSU: G. Temple 5 Pts, 1 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Stl, 3 Blk

Kentucky: R. Morris 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Morris, Kentucky snap 3-game skid with win over LSU

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's fans may have been concerned by their team's flirtation with some dubious history Tuesday night. Kentucky's coach insists he was not.

Even when the Wildcats were down 16 to Louisiana State, the last-place team in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division, Tubby Smith says he was confident his team would pull through. His reasoning: While the shots were ugly, the looks were relatively good.

"I thought we played hard," Smith said. "When you're not making the shots, it looks like you're playing lethargic."

Kentucky certainly woke up when it counted -- the final five minutes to snap a three-game losing streak with a 70-63 victory.

The Wildcats (19-8, 8-5 SEC) hadn't lost four straight since the 1990 season when they dropped five in a row. The players had no interest in making that kind of history, even though some said they didn't know about it.

"I probably couldn't take that either -- four losses," guard Ramel Bradley said.

Terry Martin's jumper tied the game at 58 with five minutes left, but Bradley followed with an underhanded layup to put Kentucky in front for good and start a 10-0 Kentucky run.

Randolph Morris had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. He also became the 53rd Wildcat to surpass 1,000 points in his career. Jodie Meeks matched a career high with 18 points, and Bradley added 16.

LSU (14-13, 3-10) dropped its 11th straight at Rupp Arena and almost certainly must win the SEC tournament to advance to the NCAA tourney a year after making the Final Four.

However, LSU certainly gave the Wildcats a scare, even without its leading scorer. Glen Davis didn't make the trip to Lexington because of a muscle strain in his right leg that he suffered last week against Arkansas.

Tasmin Mitchell filled in admirably in Davis' absence, leading the Tigers with 19 points. Martin added 16, but LSU couldn't generate much additional offense.

The Wildcats scored from the field only once in the opening eight minutes, missing 11 of their first 12 shots before Morris banked in a second-chance layup.

LSU wasn't much better but used a 10-0 run to build an early 13-4 lead. The Tigers stretched the lead to 16 points with just over seven minutes left, but the Wildcats chipped away -- and got a big boost from a technical foul on LSU coach John Brady.

Brady's technical, assessed for arguing a five-second call, resulted in five quick points for Meeks, who made both free throws and hit a 3-pointer on Kentucky's extra possession.

"I'm 52 years old," Brady said. "I started coaching when I'm 21. It's the first time in the history of my coaching career I've gotten a technical foul sitting on the bench."

Morris hit one of two free throws with 10 seconds to go in the half to cut LSU's lead to 31-30 at the break. Bobby Perry opened the second half with a 3 to give Kentucky its first lead.

"I didn't really notice we were down 16," Morris said. "That's pretty much how we think. No matter how much we're down, we don't let it affect how we think."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 63 70
FG Made-Attempted 25-63 (.397) 22-48 (.458)
3P Made-Attempted 6-18 (.333) 4-11 (.364)
FT Made-Attempted 7-11 (.636) 22-27 (.815)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
Largest Lead 16 10

2006-07 Season

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