LSU comes up just short against No. 10 Kentucky

LSU Men’s Basketball

LSU comes up just short against No. 10 Kentucky
LSU guard Skylar Mays (No. 4) (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The LSU men’s basketball team rallied after being down by 15 to No. 10 Kentucky but the comeback fell just short Tuesday, Feb. 18 inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Tigers (18-8, 9-4 SEC) went down 79-76 to the Wildcats (21-5, 11-2 SEC). LSU has lost four out of five and drop to third place in the SEC.

Skylar Mays led the way for LSU with 17 points. Darius Days recorded a double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Marlon Taylor also had 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Charles Manning Jr. provided a spark off the bench with 11 points. He was 3-of-3 on three-pointers.

Nearly 30 games into the season, head coach Will Wade keeps seeing his team make the same mistakes.

“Hopefully, they’ll be improved," said Wade. "If not, we’ll be playing home games in the NIT.”

“If I had options, I’d be playing other guys,” Wade added.

Kentucky was led by Immanuel Quickley. He scored a game-high 21 points. He also had five assists. Tyrese Maxey added 14 points. Nick Richards chipped in 13 points. He also had six rebounds and six blocks.

The Wildcats shot 48% from the field and 50% on three-pointers. The Tigers were 39% from the field and 35% from beyond the arc. LSU outrebounded Kentucky, 45-33.

Kentucky led as many as 15 points.

As a team, Kentucky had a total of 11 blocks.

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