Gordon unsung hero

His stats weren't as impressive as Derrick Byars' and Shan Foster's but when his team needed a lift he was there to provide it. Vanderbilt guard Alex "Red" Gordon gave the Commodores a jolt of energy for 4 minutes in the first half when things were starting to unravel.

Kentucky had taken a 20-11 lead with 10:53 left in the first half. While all losses are bad, a loss to the Wildcats would have dropped Vanderbilt out of second place and taken away the Commodore's ability to control their own destiny in the race for second place in the SEC East.

Somebody needed to make a play quick or things might get out of hand. Gordon was that man. His three-pointer made things more manageable for Vandy, cutting the Cat lead to 20-14. He wasn't done. After a Commodore defensive stop Gordon drove to the basket, although slipping, he held himself up by one had while dribbling with the other. He made it through the Kentucky giants and to the basket, laying the ball in to pull Vanderbilt to within 4 at 20-16. That played showed the big heart of the smallest man on the floor.

Gordon still wasn't finished. After Kentucky scored a basket to pull back ahead by 6, the eagle-eyed Gordon spotted teammate Foster wide open under the basket. Gordon fired a quick pass into Foster for an easy lay-up. Gordon then had a steal to thwart another Wildcat scoring opportunity.

No, his statistics weren't great but who knows how the game would have came out if Gordon hadn't scored those got those 5 points, 1 assist and steal over that four minute time span.

Gordon's teammates certainly took notice of his scrappy play, "Alex is a fighter, he's a warrior. He's one of those type guys that wants to do anything possible to help the team and that's just what he did. He just saw that we needed an extra spark and he went out there and made plays. Alex is great player and he is very valuable to our team in that aspect. A lot of times people look at the point guard as kind of the leader or floor general out there on the court. He made big plays and kept us in the game." said Shan Foster.

Gordon and his teammates get another SEC test on Wednesday night when they travel to Columbia, S.C. in hopes of picking up their tenth SEC win and 20th victory overall.

Vanderbilt junior point guard Alex "Red" Gordon drives to the basket as Kentucky's Ramel Bradley (R) and Lukasz Obrzut (L) look on. (VM/Stan Jones)

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