Towns drew a technical foul for hanging on the rim earlier in the game, upsetting head coach John Calipari. Calipari was not happy with his team's performance, to the point of him saying that he hoped they'd lose.
They nearly did, especially after a stunning 21-2 LSU run in the 2nd half to give them a 66-60 lead.
Towns finished with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, who is now 24-0, and 11-0 in SEC play. Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 points, Devin Booker added 14, and Andrew Harrison 13. The Wildcats can tie a school record for best start to a season on Saturday with a win over South Carolina.
Keith Hornsby missed a potential game-winning 3 as time expired, ending LSU's upset hopes. Hornsby finished with 17 points, while Jarell Martin led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats' defense struggled in the paint for the 2nd straight game, giving up an average of 36 points down low in their last 2 outings. They've allowed 14 more points per game in the last 2 games, compared to the first 22. Their opponents' field-goal percentage has gone up by 15 percent as well.
LSU fell to 17-7 on the season, 6-5 in conference play, and will visit Tennessee on Saturday.