No. 12 Kentucky rallies in second half to sweep Vanderbilt

  • No. 12 Kentucky rallies in second half to sweep Vanderbilt

No. 12 Kentucky rallies in second half to sweep Vanderbilt

Kentucky ranks 39th in assists allowed per game (10.7) while Vanderbilt ranks 165th (13.0). The Cats trailed by as many as 14 in the first half but rallied in the second half to take down the Commodores, 78-64.

No yelling. No tirade.

Kentucky forward Keion Brooks Jr. who scored four points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the Wildcats' 77-64 win at Tennessee last weekend, has learned how hard it can be to win a league game in his first tour of duty against conference foes.

"Tony (Barbee) had watched it and just said that you can't fall asleep on Vandy because if they make shots, (you're in trouble)", he said last week. "And I said, 'They made eight 3s guys, and you missed five 1-foot shots. This is going to be what the score is'".

"Since that game they played us here, they've been on a little roll", Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans said.

"That's Immanuel", said Hagans on Tuesday. "We've just got to go out there with each other, talk with each other and we'll be good".

"We came out to be the aggressor in the second half", Hagans said.

Kentucky has won the last seven games between the two foes and has won three straight at Memorial Gym. The scoring differential is awful and reflects that the Commodores have not been within reach of their conference foes in the second half of games.

Former North Carolina (1993-95) and National Basketball Association star Jerry Stackhouse is in his first year as the head coach of the Commodores and has done well developing a consistent and methodical offense, but not so much on the defensive side. "Once they got back into the game, they kind of sensed that we were on our heels they took it up a notch". We've got to find a way to battle adversity and still be able to find that next level. "I think that's just part of our growth".

The UK guards finished with 54 points on the night, led by Maxey with 25. Dylan Disu had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Scotty Pippen Jr. had 13 and Maxwell Evans 10.

This will be the second game of the season between these two teams.

Kentucky ranks 23rd in steals allowed per game (5.0) while Vanderbilt ranks 48th (5.5). Vanderbilt stinks, but has been reasonably competitive lately and played very well for one half the last time it faced Kentucky.

The Cats held Vanderbilt to 37 percent shooting (22 of 59) from the field, including just three 3-pointers in the second half.

Vanderbilt then went cold and didn't score again the rest of the half.

Kentucky followed its worst offensive half of the season with its best on Tuesday night in Nashville. The Commodores hit eight 3-pointers in the first half alone, including one from Lee at the 4:43 mark of the first half to give Vanderbilt a 34-20 lead. "The games they lost they were 0 for 25, 3 for 26". They just couldn't slow down Vanderbilt in the first half as the 'Dores shot 47.1% (8 of 17).

The Wildcats have won two consecutive games and six of their last seven losing at Auburn 75-66 as a 2.5-point underdog and failing to cover the spread.

40-20 - Kentucky's scoring advantage in the paint.

Vanderbilt (9-15, 1-10 SEC) still led by nine with under 15 minutes to play before United Kingdom went on its decisive run.