Wildcats cruise past Tigers in second half 

January, 28, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU had a dream of upsetting No. 1 Kentucky, but it quickly turned into a nightmare. The Tigers (12-9, 2-5) hung within 10 points of the Wildcats (21-1, 7-0) for most of an entertaining first half, but the Kentucky talent put on the afterburners in the second period, cruising to a 74-50 win.

Punch for punch: LSU made a bid for the lead late in the first half, when the Tigers staged a six-point rally to come within four points of the Wildcats. With a crowd of 10,060 spurring them on, the Tigers looked poised to make a run. But Kentucky responded beautifully to the test.

After a Johnny O'Bryant basket cut the lead to 25-22, the Wildcats proceeded to make baskets on three-straight trips down the floor. Darius Miller and Marquis Teague sank 3-pointers, and Terrence Jones added to pull up jumper, and in a matter of moments the lead had gone from three to seven. After retaking the momentum, the Wildcats went into halftime with a nine-point lead and never looked back.
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