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Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Highlights and box score from win over LSU

Shai and PJ came up big in the clutch to give UK another thrilling win.

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The difference between being 2-0 and 0-2 in SEC play has been razor thin for the young Kentucky Wildcats, but in the end, it’s the 2-0 record they have after a thrilling win over LSU.

In a back-and-forth affair that came right down to the wire, both young freshmen and experienced veterans (by UK standards) stepped up and made game-winning plays down the stretch, just as they did in Sunday’s narrow win over Georgia.

A pair of PJ Washington and-1s gave UK leads in two instances during the final three minutes. An offensive rebound by Wenyen Gabriel led to a layup by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander that put UK up by three with 1:19 left, a lead they would not relinquish in a 74-71 win.

PJ and Shai both finished with a team-high 18 points. The freshman forward added six boards, two blocks and six assists. The freshman guard added four assists and two steals.

Make no mistake about it: This was a big step forward for the young Cats over a talented team on their home court. Even John Calipari’s best teams have had trouble getting those, not to mention UK has lost five of its last six first true road games.

Not this time. The Cats have their first true road win, a 2-0 start in league play, and a 12-2 overall record.

Re-live the thrilling win over the LSU Tigers through the eyes of Kentucky Wildcats TV:

Here is the final box score:

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