No Memorial Hocus Pocus for Vandy

Despite missing three of four charity tosses in the final minute the Kentucky Wildcats held off the Commodores of Vanderbilt 58-56 in Nashville.

John Wall blocked an attempted three-point shot by John Jenkins with Kentucky leading 57-56, then picked the ball out of the air and was fouled with 2.5 seconds to go. Wall hit one of two charity tosses give the Kentucky Wildcats a 58-56 lead over Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt, out of time outs, had 2.5 seconds to try to tie or win the game after Wall hit his second free throw. John Calipari called timeout, a move he later referred to as a mistake on his part, as it allowed Vandy to set up the final shot of the game. Vandy got the ball to A.J. Ogilvy on a three-quarter court pass, who drove into the lane for a game tying attempt. Like many of Vandy's attempts on this night the shot bounced off the rim as the horn sounded, sealing Vandy's fate. On this night there was little magic in Memorial for the 'Dores, as they shot 2 of 20 from three point range, and only hit 32% of their shot attempts for the game. Vanderbilt's starting five did not have a made three-point shot for the game.

Despite Vandy's poor shooting, and the Wildcats holding a 57-53 lead, the Commodores were given a chance at victory when Kentucky missed three of four free throws in the final eleven seconds.

The game was a defensive standoff, with neither team giving the other many easy looks at the basket. The defensive effort was evidence of the desire both teams had to win the game. A Vandy win would have given them a tie atop the SEC standings, a Kentucky win would give the Wildcats a two game cushion.

Kentucky held a 27-25 lead at the half, then the two teams played even in the second half scoring 31 points each.

After being nearly double up on the boards in Lexington Vanderbilt outrebounded the Wildcats unofficially 37-29.

UK forced Vanderbilt into 15 turnovers and converted that into 19 points off turnover, outscoring the Commodores 19-8 in that category. Kentucky committed 14 turnovers on the game.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by DeMarcus Cousins with 19 points. Patrick Patterson and Wall each added 13 for the Wildcats. Patterson also tallied a game high thirteen rebounds.

Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Jeffery Taylor's 17 points. No other Commodore scored double figures.

Kentucky improves to 26-1, and 11-1 in the SEC on the season and takes a two game lead in the SEC overall standings. Vanderbilt falls to 20-6, 9-3 in the SEC.

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