LSU basketball shoots down 65-60 Kentucky for first SEC win on Dale Brown Court night

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

After going through non-conference play undefeated, LSU has its first SEC win.

On the night the floor at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center was dedicated as Dale Brown Court in honor of the longtime former LSU coach, No. 21 LSU beat No. 13 Kentucky 65-60.

Brown was on hand to be honored shortly before tipoff, and dozens of his former players gathered on the court at halftime to hear him address the PMAC crowd.

LSU (13-1, 1-2) led No. 13 Kentucky (11-3, 1-1) 61-60 in the final minute, and ended it with two late dunks, one each by Tari Eason and Xavier Pinson, off turnovers.

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Eason led LSU with 13 points and Pinson had 11.

Davion Mintz led Kentucky with 16 points and teammate Oscar Tshiebwe had a game-high 13 rebounds.

LSU led 35-30 at the half.

But the Wildcats came out out of the break firing with three straight made 3-pointers, two by Davion Mintz. LSU used a Darius Days trey to take a 54-52 lead with just more than six minutes left, though, and the Tigers led the rest of the way.

LSU, which opened SEC play with a 70-55 loss at No. 9 Auburn, and Kentucky were tied 26-26 with just more than three minutes left in the first half. LSU used a 9-2 run to take a 35-28 lead, but Jacob Toppin's bucket off a late offensive rebound cut the Tigers' lead to five at the break.

Kentucky Wildcats forward Oscar Tshiebwe (34) shoots a jump shot over LSU Tigers center Efton Reid (15) during the first half at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge.

Freshman shooting guard Brandon Murray, who was held out of LSU's SEC-opening loss at Auburn last week due to a hamstring injury, was in the starting lineup. He had been listed as a game-time decision.

Kentucky point guard Sahvir Wheeler, a transfer from Georgia, had to be helped off the court after going down hard to the floor early in the opening half. Moments later, Pinson was shaken up too and exited for the bench. Pinson returned a short time later, but Wheeler did not.

Kentucky's TyTy Washington got injured in the second half and was seen limping around the Wildcats' bench area. He could not seem to put full weight on his left leg.

LSU continues SEC play Saturday (5 p.m. CT, ESPN2) at home against Tennessee.