College Basketball Recap: Vanderbilt Commodores 74, Kentucky Wildcats 62

The Commodores got a big time, 74-62 win over the 16th ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday in Nashville.

With only three games remaining in the regular season, Vanderbilt needed another high-quality, résumé boosting win for its NCAA tournament hopes and was able to pull off some Memorial magic.

The 'Dores scored the first points of the day on a lay-up from Jeff Roberson, then went up 4-0 after a pair of free throws by Wade Baldwin IV.

Vanderbilt trailed for most of the opening half until a 3-pointer by Matthew Fisher-Davis put them up by a point. 

Kentucky would jump out and lead by as many as eight before another trey by Fisher-Davis cut into the deficit. 

Vanderbilt ended the half with Luke Kornet tipping in an offensive rebound to go into the locker room trailing 39-36 and with Fisher-Davis leading the team with 12 points.  A big factor going into the second half would be the 'Dores having committed six personal fouls to ten for the Wildcats.

The final half started ugly after a turnover by Damian Jones resulted in a 3-pointer for the Wildcats.  Jones would make up for it scoring the next seven points for Vandy, including a 3-point play to reduce the Wildcat lead to two.

The Commodores took control at the 15:29 mark on back-to-back 3-pointers by Fisher-Davis to put them ahead by four points.  

The two teams traded baskets before Roberson got in on the action behind the arc.  Shortly after an assist turned into a dunk by Fisher-Davis that re-erupted the crowd. 

Vanderbilt's last field goal was a jumper by Roberson that put the 'Dores up by eight.  From there on they would make their free throws that ensured the victory and a court storming by a jubilant student section.

The Commodores will have little time to celebrate as in-state rival Tennessee (13-16, 6-10) visits on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00 PM CT.


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