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Davis helps No. 24 Tigers tame Kentucky

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU's Glen Davis was too much for
Kentucky.

Davis equaled a career high with 28 points and Darrel Mitchell
had 13 points and eight assists to lead the 24th-ranked Tigers to a
71-67 win over Kentucky on Saturday.

Davis was 9-of-14 from the field and 9-of-9 at the foul line,
and also had 15 rebounds for LSU (20-7, 12-2 Southeastern
Conference), which outrebounded the Wildcats 38-26.

"Glen just stepped up and carried us today," Mitchell said.

Kentucky's Patrick Sparks made a 3-pointer to tie it at 67 with
27 seconds to play. On the next possession, Ravi Moss fouled
Mitchell as he started to drive into the lane. He made two foul
shots to put the Tigers ahead 69-67 with 13 seconds left.

On the next possession, Kentucky's Sheray Thomas missed a short
shot along the baseline with 2 seconds to go. Davis got the rebound
and made two free throws for the final margin.

"I had a high level of concentration out there today," said
Davis, who recorded his seventh straight double-double. "That's
how I approached it. I made sure I was ready to play. I just wanted
to win."

LSU moved into sole possession of first place in the overall SEC
standings ahead of Tennessee, which lost earlier in the day at home
to Arkansas.

"We knew Tennessee had lost, but we didn't dwell on it," Davis
said. "We hadn't stepped on the court yet. We're in first now. If
it falls in place for us, it falls in place."

Tasmin Mitchell had nine of his 10 points in the second half for
the Tigers. Tyrus Thomas injured an ankle and played just 18
minutes, making Davis' performance even more important.

"With Tyrus hurt, Tasmin not 100 percent and Darrel not 100
percent, we thought we'd just go to Glen," LSU coach John Brady
said. "I told him before the game, 'Why don't you go out and have
your best game of the year.'

"At halftime, I told him that Tyrus may not be able to play. We
are going to go to you and you just do what you need to do. You
know what to do out there. Glen was outstanding."

Randolph Morris led Kentucky (18-10, 8-6) with 17 points. Sparks
added 13 points.

"I can't say enough about Glen Davis and how big he played
today," Wildcats coach Tubby Smith said. "We were trying to
double him and take the ball out of his hands. We didn't do the job
there."

The Wildcats came back from two four-point deficits in the last
3 minutes to tie the score. Rajon Rondo made a 3 to get Kentucky
within 60-59 with 2:58 remaining.

After Tasmin Mitchell made one of two free throws, a basket by
Morris tied it at 61 with 2:12 left.

The Tigers then built another four-point advantage as Mitchell
and Davis each hit two foul shots. Sparks hit a 3-pointer to cut it
to one but Davis scored with 53 seconds left to give LSU a 67-64
lead.