It wasn’t pretty, but the #14 Kentucky Wildcats overcame a undermanned but game Vanderbilt Commodores team in Nashville today. The Commodores are down to seven scholarship players but they still were staying in the game and were down just eight points with 11:22 remaining in the game. Back to back three pointers by Andrew and Aaron Harrison, followed by an Alex Poythress dunk gave Kentucky their biggest lead at 53-39.
Vanderbilt would not go away quietly, and clawed back to within 7 points at 65-58 after a Kyle Fuller three pointer, but Kentucky used their rebounding strength to seal the win. Kentucky missed two free throws late, but Kentucky grabbed the offensive rebounds and scored, leading to a 70-60 lead.
The win pushed the Kentucky Wildcats to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. This win was the Wildcats first true road win of the season. Kentucky shot 42.6% for the game and out rebounded the Commodores 41-28. Kentucky was led by Willie Cauley – Stein, who had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Aaron Harrison added 14 points and Andrew Harrison had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 0 turnovers.
The Commodores fell to 8-6 and 0-2 in the SEC. Vanderbilt was led by Kyle Fullers double-double. Fuller had 17 points and 10 assists and the Commodores shot 50% for the game.
Kentucky is in action Tuesday night at Arkansas. Look for a tough game as the Razorbacks gave the Florida Gators all they wanted today.