Kentucky passes another test, escapes LSU 24-0

Baton Rouge, LA ( – Karl-Anthony Towns posted his fourth
double-double of the season and hit a late jumper to help No. 1 Kentucky stay

Towns tallied 12 points and 13 rebounds and the Wildcats overcame a furious
second-half rally by host LSU to beat the Tigers, 71-69.

A near-miraculous 21-2 run gave LSU not only life, but a real chance at
handing Kentucky its first loss of the season. Keith Hornsby, who scored 17
points, capped the flurry with a pair of layups.

LSU led 66-60 before Towns ended the run with a stepback jumper that
jumpstarted an 11-3 UK run to close out the game.

Towns, one of Kentucky’s heralded freshman, has averaged 15.3 points and 11.3
boards over his last three games after failing to surpass 12 points or four
rebounds in his previous five.

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and Devin Booker gave 14 for the Wildcats
(24-0, 11-0 SEC), who are one win shy of matching the best start in program

LSU’s dynamic frontcourt played superb on Tuesday despite the loss. Jarell
Martin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Mickey scored 16 points with
seven rebounds and four blocks.

The Tigers (17-7, 6-5) fell to 1-8 in the last nine matchups against Kentucky.