LSU erased an 8-point halftime deficit to defeat Kentucky on a buzzer-beating put-back.
For the second straight game, P.J. Washington missed significant minutes with foul trouble. Washington picked up his fourth foul with 8:40 to play in a tie game. Without the Cats’ most consistent offensive weapon in the game, they struggled mightily in the halfcourt.
Once Washington returned to the game, he wasted no time putting points on the board. He had a quick two, then turned a five-point LSU lead to two with a left-handed And One off the glass with less than two minutes to play. On the following offensive possession, Washington tied the game at 69 with a right-handed hook.
In the final minute, Tremont Waters missed a step-back to take the lead. Keldon Johnson’s go-ahead bucket rolled just off the rim. The offensive rebound slipped out of Reid Travis’ fingers into LSU’s hands. A pair of Tremont Waters free throws gave LSU a two-point lead. Herro’s potential game-winning three rimmed out, but Travis corralled the rebound. With 6.0 left on the clock, Johnson went to the free throw line and knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the game at 71.
LSU’s first game-winning shot attempt fell short, but Bigby-Williams was there to tip in the game-winner.
Holy cow. LSU tips it in just before the buzzer, knocking off UK 73-71 pic.twitter.com/uJmWjxpVSK
— Eli Gehn (@EliGehnLEX18) February 13, 2019
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