LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Brandon Johnson led San Diego with a career-high 27 points to stun Kentucky 81-72 on the Wildcats’ home floor on Saturday.
The Toreros’ point guard, listed at a generous 6 feet tall, also had eight rebounds.
The Wildcats (5-6) were again led by freshman forward Patrick Patterson, who had 20 points. Patterson and Perry Stevenson had five rebounds each to lead the Wildcats.
The loss was the fifth in Kentucky’s last six games.
Sophomore guards Jodie Meeks and Derrick Jasper returned from injuries to play for the Wildcats.
Jasper had not played this season and Meeks had played in one of Kentucky’s last eight games. Jasper had four assists.
The Toreros (7-8) and Wildcats traded leads twice early in the second half but San Diego took the lead for good on a free throw by Gyno Pomare, making the score 44-43 with 13:49 to play in the game. Pomare led San Diego with 12 rebounds.
The Toreros led most of the first half and led at the break, 35-33.
Kentucky tied the game at 31 and 33 but a pair of free throws by Pomare with 3.7 seconds to play gave the Toreros their halftime margin.
The Wildcats’ only lead of the first half was 3-2 after a 3-pointer by Ramel Bradley.