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Randle's basket with 3.9 seconds left in OT gives No. 15 Kentucky 77-76 victory over LSU

  • Kentucky's Dakari Johnson (44) leaves the game with a cut over his eye during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against LSU, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    Kentucky's Dakari Johnson (44) leaves the game with a cut over his eye during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against LSU, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)  (The Associated Press)

  • LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III shoots as Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein (15) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III shoots as Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein (15) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)  (The Associated Press)

  • LSU's Andre Stringer (10) shoots as Kentucky's James Young (1) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    LSU's Andre Stringer (10) shoots as Kentucky's James Young (1) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)  (The Associated Press)

Julius Randle scored in the lane with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime gave No. 15 Kentucky a hard-earned 77-76 victory over LSU on Saturday.

After Andre Stringer's jumper with 12 seconds left gave LSU a 76-75 lead, James Young's shot on the other end was blocked. Randle was able to grab the loose ball and hit the game-winning short jumper, sparking a delirious celebration with his Wildcats teammates piling on top of him on LSU's end of the court.

Randle's shot provided a fitting end to a tight, tense game symbolized by the back-and-forth overtime period before Kentucky (21-6, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) made good use of its last possession for an emotional win that earned a season split with LSU (16-10, 7-7).

Randle finished with eight points and 15 rebounds for Kentucky, which got 21 points from Aaron Harrison and 20 from James Young.

Johnny O'Bryant III and Anthony Hickey both had 20 points for LSU.