UK Stifles LSU in Rupp Arena

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Patrick Sparks went 5-7 from 3-point range and scored 15 points to help #8 Kentucky beat LSU 89-58. Kelenna Azubuike added 16 points for Kentucky.

The Wildcats have won four straight since losing to #2 Kansas on January 9th.

LSU lost for the 38th time in 42 games against the Wildcats in Lexington. The Tigers' last win at Kentucky came in 1989. The loss was LSU's worst since falling by 32 points to Florida in January 2002.

Kentucky shot 54.2% percent from the field, the third time in four games the Wildcats have exceeded 50%. The Wildcats came off a season-low 53-point outing against Mississippi in their previous game. They posted their highest-scoring first half of the season, leading 49-36.

After falling behind 5-0 early, Kentucky scored 23 of the next 26 points to take a 23-8 lead. Kentucky led by as many as 20 in the first half before LSU closed on a 9-2 run.

LSU pulled within eight points, but Kentucky freshman Joe Crawford made two free throws and followed with a three-pointer, building Kentucky's lead to 62-49. Kentucky's superior depth wore down the Tigers in the final minutes.