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With Simmons quiet, LSU still routs Kentucky

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tim Quarterman had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Craig Victor added 15 points and 12 rebounds and LSU defeated No. 9 Kentucky 85-67 on Tuesday night.

Ben Simmons added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (9-5, 2-0 SEC), who never trailed after tying the score 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.

Simmons, a star freshman and national player of the year candidate, had a quiet game by his standards and battled foul trouble in the first half. Still, LSU won for the fifth time in six games.

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 its 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.

MARQUETTE 65, NO. 8 PROVIDENCE 64: Freshman Henry Ellenson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, swatting away Kris Dunn's attempted buzzer-beater to lead the visiting Golden Eagles to the upset win over the Friars (14-2, 2-1 Big East), who had won eight straight.

NO. 18 BUTLER 77, DEPAUL 72: Kellen Dunham snapped out of his shooting slump with 24 points, lifting the visiting Bulldogs (12-3, 1-2) to their first Big East win after losses to No. 8 Providence and No. 10 Xavier.

NO. 19 IOWA 77, NEBRASKA 66: Jarrod Uthoff had 25 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as the host Hawkeyes (12-3, 3-0 Big Ten) won their fifth straight game.

NO. 22 S.C. 81, AUBURN 69: Sindarius Thornwell scored a season-high 22, and the visiting Gamecocks (14-0) fought off a second-half challenge in their SEC opener.

TEMPLE 55, NO. 23 UCONN 53: Josh Brown hit a spinning jumper in the lane with 2.5 seconds left as the visiting Owls upset the Huskies (10-4, 1-1 American). Shonn Miller scored 18 for UConn.

INDIANA 59, WIS. 58: Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 19 to lead the Hoosiers (13-3, 3-0 Big Ten) to their eighth straight win. Earlier, Indiana announced that sophomore guard James Blackmon, the team's second-leading scorer, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury.

SAN DIEGO STATE: School athletic officials said they've been notified by the NCAA that allegations made against the men's basketball program were not substantiated.

Women

NO. 24 DEPAUL 86, NO. 25 SETON HALL 74: Jessica January had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the visiting Blue Demons (11-5, 3-0 Big East), who led by 32 early in the third quarter before holding off a furious rally by the Pirates (13-2, 3-1).

NO. 1 UCONN: Point guard Moriah Jefferson will miss her first game tonight after 90 consecutive starts with a hamstring injury.

With Simmons quiet, LSU still routs Kentucky 01/05/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 11:34pm]
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