college basketball roundup

LSU shreds No. 9 Kentucky by 18

• LSU 85, NO. 9 KENTUCKY 67: It looks as if Ben Simmons won't always have to dominate for LSU to beat some of college basketball's best. 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. Simmons, the heralded freshman, added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (9-5, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who seem to be figuring things out after a disappointing 7-5 start in nonconference play. LSU has begun its SEC slate by beating the preseason picks to finish first and second in the league, starting with last Saturday's triumph at Vanderbilt.

"We have come together as a team," Simmons said. "Everyone got sick of what was happening, and we laid it all out. We put our goals down and everyone has really stepped up and contributed." LSU never trailed after tying the game at two and kept its lead at or near double digits for much of the game to the delight of a packed and energized Pete Maravich assembly Center. 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 their 22-game SEC winning streak stopped. "Guys came out and didn't really want to play, didn't play that hard," Ulis said. "Basically, it seems like no one played to win."

• MARQUETTE 65, NO. 8 PROVIDENCE 64: Freshmen Henry Ellenson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and he blocked Kris Dunn's shot in the final second to lead the Warriors (11-4, 1-2 Big East) to an upset of the Friars (14-2, 2-1) in Providence. "We didn't even get a shot attempt," Providence coach Ed Cooley said. "That's more frustrating than anything." Said Marquette coach Steve Wojchiechowski of Ellenson, "The sky's the limit for him. He's a big kid and very mobile. He's got a terrific skill set and I think it's pretty easy for people to see when they walk in the gym." Duane Wilson's layup with 31 seconds for Marquette were the game's final two points.