LSU came up with a huge victory over the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as Johnny O’Bryant led the Tigers to an 87-82 victory.
The Tigers controlled the game from start to finish and led for the entire game and withstood a couple late runs by John Calipari’s team to pull off the upset.
LSU opened the game on a 22-6 run, but Kentucky was able to fight back and cut the lead to six at the half, but the Tigers came out of the half hot and forced Kentucky to call a timeout before the first minute had been played.
LSU was able to maintain a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half, and led by as much as 15. The Wildcats started to come back late, but they ran out of time in front an estimated 6,000 as wintry conditions prevented a much larger crowd.
O’Bryant was a man amongst boys tonight as his 29 points, one shy of his career high, and 9 rebounds led LSU in both categories. The SEC block leader, Jordan Mickey, was at it again as he had five of LSU’s 11 blocked shots.
James Young put together a great performance for Kentucky in the loss as he finished with 23 points and seven rebounds. He led or tied for the team lead in rebounds, assists, blocks, and points.
Next up for LSU is a home date with the Arkansas Razorbacks on February 1, 4:00 p.m. CT.