Thursday, February 22, 2001

Kentucky 84, LSU 61


Bogans, Prince lead Wildcats to 8th straight win

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky's Keith Bogans couldn't believe he didn't score a point in the first half of Wednesday night's game against LSU.

        Neither could coach Tubby Smith, who confronted his star at halftime and challenged him to play harder.

        Bogans got the message, scoring all 23 of his points in the second half as the 13th-ranked Wildcats (18-7, 11-2 Southeastern Conference) roared past the Tigers 84-61.

        “Coach Smith came in at halftime and scolded me, and I had no choice but to respond,” Bogans said. “In the second half, it just seemed like every time I shot the ball it went in. I just took my time and let the offense come to me.”

        Bogans made 8-of-12 shots, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, to break out of a two-week shooting slump. His 23 points were the most since a 26-point effort at Georgia on Jan.31.

        “I told him he wasn't playing with the intensity and aggressiveness he needed to be playing with,” Tubby Smith said. “He really picked it up in the second half and played with the eye of the tiger.”

        Tayshaun Prince added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats, who have won eight straight and 15 of their last 17.

        Saul Smith hit all three of his 3-point attempts and finished with nine points as Kentucky made 13-of-26 3-pointers and shot 55 percent overall.

        The victory kept the Wildcats two games ahead of Florida and Mississippi in the race for the SEC championship. The seventh-ranked Gators beat Mississippi, the Western Division leader, 75-55 on Wednesday night in Gainesville.

        “We think we're exactly where we need to be at this point,” said Kentucky guard J.P. Blevins, who finished with seven points. “It's late in the season, and this is when you want to peak.”

        Jermaine Williams scored 14 points to lead LSU (11-13, 1-12).


LSU (61)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Dupree          34  2-10   6-6  5-12  2  0   10
Je Williams     32  6-11   1-2   2-3  2  2   14
Beshara         29  5-11   0-0   2-3  1  3   13
T Bright        28  2-11   0-0   1-4  1  1    4
Temple Iii      32  5-12   0-1   1-8  3  3   12
Thompson        13   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  2    0
Ja Wilson       30   3-6   0-0   4-6  0  1    6
Warner           1   0-1   2-2   1-1  0  0    2
Landry           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 23-62  9-11 16-37 10 12   61
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Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals:
6-19, .316 (Dupree 0-1, Je Williams 1-1, Beshara
3-6, T Bright 0-3, Temple Iii 2-7, Warner 0-1).
Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 2 (Beshara 2).
Turnovers: 15 (Dupree 5, Beshara 4, Je Williams
2, T Bright 2, Temple Iii 2). Steals: 3 (Beshara,
Dupree, Ja Wilson).


KENTUCKY (84)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Prince          33  7-11   0-0   1-4  5  1   16
Bogans          30  8-12   2-2   0-2  3  1   23
Parker          20   4-7   1-5   1-3  2  3    9
Fitch           20   2-5   0-0   0-3  3  0    5
Smith           22   3-3   0-0   0-1  2  3    9
Hawkins         18   1-6   0-0   0-2  7  0    3
Blevins         14   2-5   2-3   0-3  0  0    7
Daniels         14   3-6   0-1   0-2  1  2    6
Heissenbuttel    3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Stone           16   1-1   0-0   0-2  0  1    2
Sears            2   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Estill           8   2-2   0-0   1-2  0  0    4
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TOTALS         200 33-60  5-11  3-24 23 12   84
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Percentages: FG-.550, FT-.455. 3-Point Goals:
13-26, .500 (Prince 2-5, Bogans 5-7, Fitch 1-3,
Smith 3-3, Hawkins 1-2, Blevins 1-3, Daniels 0-1,
Heissenbuttel 0-1, Sears 0-1). Team rebounds: 7.
Blocked shots: 4 (Parker 2, Prince, Estill).
Turnovers: 12 (Bogans 3, Hawkins 3, Fitch 2,
Stone 2, Parker, Smith). Steals: 5 (Bogans 2,
Daniels, Hawkins, Prince).
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Lsu                34   27  -   61
Kentucky           38   46  -   84
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 21,902. Officials:
Robert Donato, Doug Shows, Andre Patillo.
 


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