The LSU Tigers came out victorious against the Kentucky Wildcats last night on controversial tip in by senior Kavell Bigby-Williams. Thanks to that final play, No. 19 LSU edged out Kentucky 73 -71.
Many believed the tip in at the buzzer was very close to being goaltending. Unfortunately for Kentucky fans, the play was reviewed for time on the clock and not for goaltending.
“I knew if I was close to the glass, maybe I could make something happen,” Bigby-Williams said. “There were a couple seconds left, so I went to the glass and tried to make something happen. I was fortunate enough to get the tip and we won the game.”
WHAT A PLAY.
Was the ball still in the cylinder or not?
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 13, 2019
Defensive Struggles in The First Half
The Tigers went into last night’s game having the opportunity to play spoilers and snap Kentucky’s 10 game winning streak. That would be no small task since the Wildcats are 13-0 at home.
Things didn’t start so well for LSU in the first half as Kentucky built double-digit leads on numerous occasions in the first half. Kentucky easily went through LSU’s defense scoring 40 points in the first and ended up leading at halftime by eight points.
Team Effort Sparks Second Half Comeback
Things weren’t getting any easier for LSU to start off the second half. Kentucky would not give up its nine point lead in the first few minutes in the second half. LSU head coach Will Wade made some lineup changes in the second half that would pay off in the long run.
The Tigers wanted have a bigger presence on the glass and out-rebounded Kentucky 18-16. LSU grabbed its first lead with eight minutes left in the second half on an Emmitt Wiliams lay-up.
The Tigers were able to come back in the game due to having multiple players score double digits. LSU in total had four players with 10 or more points and Tremont Waters led the scoring and ran the offense with 15 points, five assists and three steals. The biggest advantage LSU had was their bench that outscored Kentucky’s 12-2.
John Calipari: I don’t want to take anything away from LSU. To come in here and (play the way they did) they deserved to win the game. As for the last play, “You have to judge it yourself.”
— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) February 13, 2019
After the win, LSU is now second in the SEC standings. They are only one game behind Tennessee as the Volunteers are undefeated in conference play while LSU has one loss in their conference record.
Kentucky’s next game is against Tennessee this Saturday in another home game at Rupp Arena. LSU will continue to play on the road as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs next.