Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Randle's Put-Back Lifts UK to Victory ; Wildcats Top LSU in Overtime

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Randle's Put-Back Lifts UK to Victory ; Wildcats Top LSU in Overtime

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Julius Randle couldn't remember if anyone was guarding him in those final seconds because he was so focused on positioning himself to grab any missed shot. And when James Young's blocked shot ended up in his hands, the Kentucky freshman's only thought was putting it in the basket quickly. A wild celebration soon followed that neither Randle nor the young Wildcats will forget because of the work required in their most satisfying victory.

Randle had just eight points but scored in the lane with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give No. 18 Kentucky a hard-earned 77-76 victory over LSU on Saturday.

After Andre Stringer's jumper with 12 seconds left gave LSU a 76- 75 lead, Tigers forward Jordan Mickey blocked Young's shot on the other end. Randle was able to grab the loose ball and hit the game- winning short jumper, sparking a delirious celebration with his Wildcats teammates piling on top of him on LSU's end of the court. …

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