The Kentucky Wildcats bounced back from their first loss of the season on Tuesday by taking down the Vanderbilt Commodores in Rupp Arena, 85-72.
The Cats were led early by the strong post play of DeMarcus Cousins, who scored eight of the first eleven points for the Wildcats. Vanderbilt's only lead of the game came by way of its first made field goal of the game, a three, following an opening dunk by Cousins. Cousins answered with a nifty move along the baseline as he wheeled past two Vandy defenders. Cousins scored the and one basket and hit his free throw to give the Wildcats the early 5-3 advantage, and a lead they would not relinquish.
Kentucky's lead reached 19 points in the first half before Vandy was able to cut the lead to fifteen as a number of the Kentucky starters finished the first half on the bench saddled with fouls.
Kentucky maintained its double digit lead throughout the second half, leading by as many as nineteen points. Vanderbilt had an opportunity to cut the lead to ten points or less on more than one occasion, but either missed crucial shots or turned the ball over wasting the opportunities.
DeMarcus Cousins (right)had his second consecutive game of twenty plus points and ten or more rebounds by scoring 21 points and grabbing a game ten boards, both game highs. Aiding Cousins in the scoring column were Darnell Dodson with 16, John Wall with 13, Patrick Patterson and Eric Bledsoe each added twelve. Wall also had a game high nine assists.
The Wildcats hit 12 of their 23 attempts from behind the arc, and hit 44% of their field goals overall. Kentucky dominated the boards 41-22, and grabbed 18 off the offensive glass; leading to a 20-2 advantage in second chance points.
Vandy was led in scoring by Jermaine Beal's 19 points, and was joined in double figures by A.J. Ogilvy with 12 and Steve Tchiengang added ten.
The teams were whistled for 57 fouls, much to the chagrin of coaches, players and fans.
Kentucky bounces back, defeats Vandy 85-72
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