JeJuan Brown's field goal with 4:08 remaining gave Vanderbilt its biggest lead of the half at 28-19. Kentucky then rallied to take the lead just before halftime. Bobby Perry's 3-pointer gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 33-32 with just 12 seconds remaining.
In the second half Vanderbilt quickly regained the lead when Byars drilled a 3-pointer to put the Commodores back up, 35-33. The Commodores used sound defense and timely 3-point shooting to maintain a lead throughout much of the second half. Vanderbilt, led by Byars, made an incredible 11 of 23 from 3-point range.
The Wildcats appeared to be close to taking control of the game in the final minutes. Ramel Bradley's jumper put Kentucky up by 59-58 with 3 minutes remaining. However, outstanding hustle by Vanderbilt's Foster stifled the Kentucky threat. Foster answered with a 2-point field goal to give Vanderbilt back the lead with 2:19 remaining. Seconds later Foster stole the ball and then passed to Derrick Byars for the easy lay-up to give Vanderbilt a 62-59 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining. Kentucky never threatened again as 3-pointers by Dan Cage and sound Commodore free throw shooting put the Big Blue away.
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings was pleased with his team's performance after the game, "We're obviously thrilled to come in here and get the win. I thought it was a game of two pretty evenly-matched teams. Neither team took any significant control of the game. Then we got it down to the last four minutes and it comes down to who makes a couple plays. We hit a couple of big shots. Derrick Byars and (Dan) Cage made that big three in the corner. Then we made a couple stops. It really became a game condensed into the final three minutes and fifty seconds. I'm really proud of our team, I'm proud of the courage and the toughness they showed in the stretch run of the game. We beat a good basketball team today," said the eighth year coach.
It was the first time Vanderbilt has defeated Kentucky three consecutive times since the 1989-90 season. The last time Vanderbilt enjoyed four consecutive wins over Kentucky was during the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons. If Vanderbilt defeats Kentucky on February 25th they'll be just the second Vanderbilt team to ever win four straight over Kentucky. Vanderbilt improves its all-time record against Kentucky to 39-128.
Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings, right, yells instructions to his team from behind game official Anthony Jordan, left, in their basketball game against No. 25 Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007. Vanderbilt beat UK 72-67, snapping Kentucky's 11-game win streak. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)