Vandy stiffles 'Cats, 57-52; STREAK ENDS!

LEXINGTON-- Kevin Stallings said Monday that he and his squad were not concerned with the past Commodore losses in Rupp Arena. Tuesday night after his squad ended that streak the entire Vanderbilt nation erupted into pandemonium. Shan Foster and DeMarre Carroll helped spark Vanderbilt to a monumental first win ever at Rupp Arena, 57-52.

The Commodores had built a 37-23 lead with 14:55 remaining in the game before Kentucky rallied and took a 42-41 lead with 6:49 remaining. Vanderbilt reclaimed the lead with a 5-0 spurt and led the remainder of the way. Free throws by Dan Cage and DeMarre Carroll down the stretch clinched the game for the Commodores. Vanderbilt converted on 21-of-25 (84 percent) free throws while Kentucky made just 11-of-18 (61.1 percent).

In a sloppy first half for both teams, Vanderbilt jumped out to an early 10-2 lead on a jumper by Julian Terrell. A three pointer by Patrick Sparks helped Kentucky cut the lead to 23-20 by halftime.

After the game Carroll commented that his quickness was instrumental in his double double performance, "I just tried to go out and use my quickness because I am playing down low in the post. They have some big guys. I am like 6-foot-7 and they are all like 6-foot-11 so I just had to use my quickness and use my head and get to the goal and finish when I had the chance," said the sophomore who had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Shan Foster led the Commodores in scoring with 16, which included four 3-pointers.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings, the first coach to ever lead Vanderbilt to a win at Rupp Arena, was elated with the win, "I appreciate it a lot. I have played here as a player and coached as an assistant before becoming the head coach. You don't come into this place and get many victories, especially against Tubby's teams. We feel very fortunate. We're going to enjoy the heck out of it and hopefully when we come back to practice we can past this and get ready for this weekend."

Other scorers for Vanderbilt included Derrick Byars 12; Julian Terrell 11; Dan Cage 2 and Alex Gordon 1.

The game was overshadowed by the return of suspended Wildcat Randolph Morris. Morris accounted for 10 points, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots in 28 minutes of play for Kentucky. Ravi Moss led Kentucky with 16 points.

The win was Vanderbilt's first at Rupp in 29 tries and the first in Lexington since 1974. Vanderbilt (11-2, 2-0 SEC) defeated Kentucky for just the third time in their last 29 meetings.

The Commodores travel to Arkansas on Saturday. Kentucky falls to 10-5, (0-1 SEC). The Wildcats host Alabama on Saturday.


Vanderbilt's Julian Terrell, right, battles with teammate Demarre Carroll, center, and Kentucky's Ravi Moss for a rebound during the first half of their college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

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