The 10th ranked Kentucky Wildcats picked up an important victory Tuesday night as they defeated the LSU Tigers by a final score of 79-76 in Baton Rouge.

With the win, UK extended their SEC lead over LSU to two games as they look to clinch their first regular-season conference title since 2017.

While getting the win was reason to celebrate, there was also reason to worry for UK as point guard Ashton Hagans left the game early with a left thigh contusion.

Hagans did come back to the Kentucky bench with just over two minutes left in the game but never checked back in after departing earlier in the second half.

On the floor, the Cats got off to another slow start Tuesday as they scored just 29 first-half points and took a slim one-point lead into the halftime locker rooms.

The second half was a different story as the Cats scored 50 points to close out the victory.

After shooting 2-22 from three in their win over Ole Miss Saturday, Kentucky found their stroke Tuesday as they shot 9-18 from downtown on the night, including shooting 7-8 from behind the arc in the second half.

Immanuel Quickley again scored in double figures for the Wildcats as he finished with a game-high 21 points. It was also a big game for Nate Sestina, who shot 3-4 from three and finished the night with 11 points.
Sestina also reached a career milestone in the victory as he reached 1,000 career points with a first-half layup.

LSU was led by Skylar Mays, who scored 17 points. Darius Days (13) Marion Taylor (11) and Trendon Watford (11) also scored in double figures.

With another road win under their belt, the Wildcats will return home to prepare for a Saturday night battle with the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena.

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