Cats Come Up Short Against No. 24 LSU, 71-67
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Darrel Mitchell and Glen Davis each made two free throws in the final seconds to help No. 24 LSU beat Kentucky 71-67 on Saturday.
Wildcats guard Patrick Sparks made a 3-pointer to tie it at 67 with 27 seconds to play. On the next possession, Ravi Moss fouled Mitchell as he started to drive into the lane. He made two foul shots to put the Tigers ahead 69-67 with 13 seconds left.
On the next possession, Kentucky's Sheray Thomas missed a short shot along the baseline with 2 seconds to go. Davis rebounded the ball, drew a foul from Thomas and made two free throws for the final margin.
The victory moved LSU (20-7, 12-2) into sole possession of first place in the overall Southeastern Conference standings ahead of Tennessee, which lost to Arkansas on Saturday.
Davis equaled a career high with 28 points and also had 15 rebounds. Mitchell had 13 points and eight assists, while Tasmin Mitchell had nine of his 10 points in the second half.
Randolph Morris led Kentucky (18-10, 8-6) with 17 points. Sparks added 13 points.
The Wildcats came back from two four-point deficits in the last 3 minutes to tie the score. Rajon Rondo made a 3 to get Kentucky within 60-59 with 2:58 remaining.
After Tasmin Mitchell made one of two free throws, a basket by Morris tied it at 61 with 2:12 left.
The Tigers then built another four-point advantage as Mitchell and Davis each hit two foul shots. Sparks hit a 3-pointer to cut it to one but Davis scored with 53 seconds left to give LSU a 67-64 lead.