BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Freshman DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points
and 13 rebounds for his sixth consecutive double-double and No. 4
Kentucky cruised past LSU 81-55 on Saturday.
Cousins, who played only 20 minutes, is eighth in the country in
doubles-doubles with 14 and 24th in the nation in rebounding.
The Wildcats (22-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed 6-1
until John Wall hit a jumper 4:29 into the game. They needed only 3
minutes to erase LSU's lead, scoring 41 of the next 49 points to
take a 42-14 halftime lead.
Patrick Patterson had 16 points for Kentucky and Eric Bledsoe
added 10. The Tigers limited Wall, the star freshman, to season-low
six points on 2-of-9 shooting. It marked only the second time that
Wall failed to reach double figures this season.
LSU (9-14, 0-9) shot less than 19 percent from the field in the
first half and finished at 26.7 percent overall (21 of 66).
Bo Spencer led LSU with 25 points, 19 in the second half, but he
had seven turnovers. Tasmin Mitchell added 10 points for the
The margin of defeat matched LSU's biggest of the season. LSU
lost to Connecticut by the same score in the NIT Season Tipoff in
LSU, which won the conference last season, is still searching
for its first league victory in this one.
The Tigers played scrappy defense, but had a hard time slowing
down the much bigger and faster Wildcats, who average 82.4 points a
game. Kentucky outscored LSU 34-14 in the paint and allowed the
Tigers no second-chance or fast-break points.
Kentucky outrebounded LSU 53-31.
The Wildcats led by as many as 33 points, taking control and
allowing coach John Calipari to play most of his bench, which
provided 22 points.