College Basketball Recap: Kentucky Wildcats 76, Vanderbilt 57

The Commodores fell to 11-8 on the season in a 76-57 defeat in Lexington against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky would jump out to an early lead as the shots just weren't falling for Vanderbilt who made 32 percent from field goal range and 33.3 percent from behind the arc.  

After a pair of free throws by Jeff Roberson, Wade Baldwin IV hit a foul shot to cut the Wildcat lead to two points.

A few minutes later a 3-pointer by Roberson followed up by another trey by Matthew Fisher-Davis would reduce the deficit to 13-11.  That would be the closest the 'Dores would come to the lead for the remainder of the day.  

In the closing minute, Nolan Cressler hit a jumper and foul shot for the 3-point play before Kentucky answered to go into the break with Vanderbilt trailing 37-27.

Early in the second half, the Commodores would cut down the lead to seven points twice on a jumper from Damian Jones and Roberson.  That would be as close as they would come in the last stanza as the Wildcats pulled away behind the shooting of Tyler Ulis and Alex Poythress.

If you had to take one positive from this game it would have to be the play of Jones who finished one rebound short of a double-double.  He was extremely effective when the 'Dores got him the ball shooting 5-for-7 from the field.  Jones was impressive crashing the boards and was never in real foul trouble.  He finished the game with two personal fouls--his lowest in over a month since the game against Wofford.

Roberson finished second for the 'Dores with 12 points, shooting 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

The Commodores will return home to face the Florida Gators (13-6, 5-2) on Tuesday, January 26th.

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