LSU easily handles No. 9 Kentucky
BATON ROUGE, La. — Ninth-ranked Kentucky contained LSU star Ben Simmons, only to be burned by Tim Quarterman and Craig Victor.
Quarterman had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Victor added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and LSU defeated Kentucky 85-67 on Tuesday night.
Simmons added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (9-5, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who never trailed after tying the game at 2 and kept their lead at or near double digits for much of the game to the delight of a packed and energized Pete Maravich assembly Center.
Tyler Ulis had 23 points and Jamal Murray added 21 for Kentucky, (11-3, 1-1), which lost for the third time in seven games and had their 22-game SEC winning streak snapped.
The Wildcats struggled with their shooting early and later were hampered by foul trouble. Starting forwards Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress both fouled out by the time 7:29 remained in the game.
LSU led by as many as 14 points with 15:20 left after an 8-2 run that began with Quarterman's half-court alley-oop lob to Simmons. Quarterman added a jumper and tip-in during the spurt before Murray, who made his first five shots of the second half, stemmed the tide by hitting a 3 and then a mid-range jumper as he was fouled on successive possessions to make it 49-41.
Lee fouled out with 13 minutes left, yet the Wildcats were as close as 58-54 on Poythress' layup with 9:36 left.
Quarterman responded with a 3, sparking another Tigers surge that included two layups by Victor as he was fouled.
Poythress then fouled out with 7:29 to go, and 2 minutes later, LSU was still up double digits when Jalyn Patterson's baseline layup off a deep offensive rebound made it 70-59.
Kentucky looked spent in the final 4 minutes as LSU closed the game on a 14-4 run,
MARQUETTE 65, No. 8 PROVIDENCE 64: At Providence, R.I., freshman Henry Ellenson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, swatting away Kris Dunn's attempted buzzer-beater to lead Marquette. Duane Wilson scored on a layup with 31 seconds left to give Marquette (11-4, 1-2 Big East) the 65-64 lead. The Golden Eagles avoided opening the conference schedule with three straight losses for the first time since joining the Big East in 2005. Ben Bentil scored 28 points, including 14 straight for the Friars in a key second-half run, and added nine rebounds for Providence (14-2, 2-1).
No. 18 BUTLER 77, DEPAUL 72: At Rosemont, Ill., Kellen Dunham snapped out of his shooting slump with 24 points for Butler. The Bulldogs (12-3, 1-2) put four players in double figures in their first Big East win after consecutive losses to No. 8 Providence and No. 10 Xavier. Andrew Chrabascz added 16 points, Roosevelt Jones scored 15 and Kelan Martin had 12 points, including a poster-worthy dunk over DePaul's Darrick Wood in the second half. Myke Henry had 22 points and 10 rebounds for DePaul (6-9, 0-3).
No. 19 IOWA 77, NEBRASKA 66: At Iowa City, Iowa, Jarrod Uthoff had 25 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as Iowa won its fifth straight. Mike Gesell had 22 points and 10 assists for his first career double-double with the surging Hawkeyes (12-3, 3-0 Big Ten). They have victories in nine consecutive league games dating to last season. Tai Webster scored 22 points and Shavon Shields had 13 for Nebraska (8-8, 0-3). The Cornhuskers shot 59 percent in the second half but still lost their third straight.
No. 22 SOUTH CAROLINA 81, AUBURN 69: At Auburn, Ala., Sindarius Thornwell scored a season-high 22 points for South Carolina in the Gamecocks' Southeastern Conference opener. Sporting their highest AP ranking in 18 years, the Gamecocks (14-0, 1-0) lost most of an 18-point first-half lead before building it back with inside baskets and foul shots. Thornwell made 5 of 8 3-point attempts and produced his season-high point total for the second straight game after scoring 18 against Memphis.
TEMPLE 55, No. 23 UCONN 53: At Hartford, Conn., Josh Brown hit a spinning jumper in the lane with 2.5 seconds left to give Temple the win. The Owls (7-6, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) led by as many as eight points in the second half, but were tied after two free throws from UConn's Daniel Hamilton. Coach Fran Dunphy called a timeout with 14 seconds left to set up a final shot that was supposed to go to leading scorer Quenton DeCosey. But Brown took a pass from Jaylen Bond and made his move over UConn's Sterling Gibbs.