LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- A balanced attack helped Kentucky continue its dominance over Southeastern Conference West Division foes.
Kelenna Azubuike scored 16 points and the bench contributed 33 as No. 8 Kentucky got off to a fast start and pulled away late for an 89-58 victory over Louisiana State.
Since Alabama beat Kentucky, 64-61, on January 26, 2002, the Wildcats' have won 19 straight against West Division clubs.
After the Tigers scored the first five points of the game, the Wildcats went on a 23-3 run in which reserves Shagari Alleyne, Ramel Bradley and Bobby Perry contributed 12 points.
"I was very pleased with the way our guys came off the bench from Ravi (Moss) to Ramel," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "Ramel has really played well, creating off the dribble, making shots and making his free throws. Bobby Perry has given us a big lift off the bench. Shagari, with his presence inside, I thought he, and Joe (Crawford) played well."
Kentucky opened a 20-point lead and settled for a 49-36 advantage at the half. Azubuike, who shot 7-of-12 from the field in the game, scored 10 points in the first 20 minutes.
Kentucky (14-2, 5-0 SEC East) put away the game with a 17-2 run over a seven-minute span of the second half, opening a 74-51 lead with just under six minutes left. Patrick Sparks hit a pair of 3-pointers and Crawford added five during the burst.
The Wildcats shot 54 percent (32-of-59) for the game, including making a season-high 11 3-pointers in 20 attempts, and held the Tigers to 33 percent (19-of-58).
"I thought we came and played one of our better games today," Smith said. "I thought we were focused and ready. We had good balance in our attack and everybody that played contributed in some form or fashion.
"I like the way our guys are starting to come together and playing hard, executing. When you hold a team to 33 percent, you've done a good job."
Sparks hit 5-of-7 from the arc for 15 points and Chuck Hayes and Bradley added 10 each for the Wildcats, who have won 13 of the last 14 meetings between the schools.
"I think that a lot of Kentucky's threes came in transition," LSU coach John Brady said. "Patrick Sparks hit about three or four threes where he wasn't even covered. I think that with Kentucky playing at home, that helped with their 3-point shooting.
"Playing on the road, it's sometimes hard to make threes. We go home and knock down threes, so I think there is something to that. We just didn't get back well enough to guard that."
Brandon Bass had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Glenn Davis added nine and 12 for the Tigers (9-6, 2-2 SEC West), who were held 20 points below their average and had their three-game winning streak snapped.
"We gave up too many easy baskets off of our turnovers tonight - 17 points off turnovers in the first half and 29 for the game," Brady said. "We can't do that, particularly against Kentucky."