BATON ROUGE -- Though freezing temperatures closed campus and roads across the region, the LSU men's basketball team ignited a student-led crowd with a 87-82 victory over No. 11-ranked Kentucky late Tuesday at the Maravich Center.
Johnny O'Bryant III scored a season-best 29 points to lead LSU (13-6, 4-3 SEC) to their first victory over a ranked Kentucky team since 2000.
Kentucky native Anthony Hickey contributed 11 points with six assists and three steals in 33 minutes running the point for the Tigers.
LSU's point total was its highest against Kentucky since 1996 and the most in a victory over the Wildcats since 1991.
Kentucky (15-5, 5-2 SEC) had its three-game winning streak in 2014 and five-game streak over the Tigers snapped. Guard James Young made 9-of-18 shots including five three pointers to lead the Wildcats with 23 points.
On Monday, it was announced that LSU's campus would be closed Tuesday as winter weather and freezing temperatives approached south Louisiana and iced over roads and bridges.
However, more than 2,800 LSU students came to the arena for the 8 p.m. tipoff in front of a national audience on ESPN.