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January 10, 2013

Kentucky blows lead, holds off Vanderbilt 60-58

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Nashville —

The teams swapped the lead twice with three ties down the stretch. Johnson's bucket for Vandy tied it for the last time at 54, then Wiltjer's long jumper put Kentucky ahead to stay to set up the frantic ending.

Kentucky won its SEC opener for the 23rd time in 26 seasons, improving to 62-18 all-time.

All the practice since Kentucky's easy 90-38 win over Eastern Michigan sure paid off early. Harrow hit a 3-pointer within the first 90 seconds, and the Wildcats dominated Vanderbilt early.

Vanderbilt came in scoring 37.3 percent of its points off 3-pointers, and the Commodores missed their first 10. Their shooting woes extended all over the court as they also missed easy layups when they did get close enough to the basket to shoot. Kentucky disrupted them repeatedly, blocking six shots alone in the first half.

The Commodores didn't hit a 3 until 1:22 remained in the first half when Johnson hit from beyond the arc, and Odom added another just before halftime. Vanderbilt wound up hitting 8 of 30 from 3-point range.

 

KENTUCKY (10-4)

Noel 6-8 1-2 13, Cauley-Stein 3-5 1-3 7, Poythress 2-3 3-4 7, Goodwin 5-14 2-4 12, Harrow 6-13 2-2 16, Polson 0-0 0-0 0, Wiltjer 1-5 0-0 2, Mays 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 24-53 9-15 60.

VANDERBILT (6-7)

Odom 3-16 4-7 12, Henderson 0-3 0-0 0, Johnson 8-19 0-1 18, Fuller 3-7 0-0 7, Bright 0-4 0-0 0, Jeter 2-6 0-0 4, Parker 3-8 0-0 8, Moats 4-7 0-0 9. Totals 23-70 4-8 58.

Halftime_Kentucky 35-24. 3-Point Goals_Kentucky 3-17 (Harrow 2-5, Mays 1-5, Poythress 0-1, Wiltjer 0-2, Goodwin 0-4), Vanderbilt 8-30 (Parker 2-5, Odom 2-9, Johnson 2-9, Moats 1-1, Fuller 1-1, Jeter 0-2, Bright 0-3). Fouled Out_Poythress. Rebounds_Kentucky 37 (Cauley-Stein 8), Vanderbilt 42 (Moats 10). Assists_Kentucky 12 (Cauley-Stein, Harrow 4), Vanderbilt 9 (Johnson 6). Total Fouls_Kentucky 15, Vanderbilt 14. A_14,316.

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