Vanderbilt pounds Kentucky, 93-52

The Vanderbilt Commodores got their 4-game homestand started with a bang on Tuesday night when they routed the Kentucky Wildcats. 93-52. The 42 point loss was Kentucky's worst since losing to Kansas by 55 in 1989. The win improved the Commodores to 6-4 in Southeastern Conference play, and gives them some momentum heading into a big game against the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings said this was a game that was so good he did not think it could even exist, "The truth is you really don't dream like that. I didn't think we could be ahead of someone 41-11 if those guys were playing us coaches. We started hitting shots and they missed a couple of easy ones, and then the crowd got into it. It was just our night. I don't know how to explain it. It just happens sometimes when you least suspect it. It was not their night and it was ours."

This game was all Commodores right from the beginning. They opened the game on a 34-8 run. Kentucky's Ramel Bradley made a three with 18:20 to go in the first half, but the Wildcats would not score another field goal until Joe Crawford hit a jumper with just 2:23 left in the half. Vanderbilt held the Wildcats to just 15 field goal attempts in the first half while attempting 26 of their own. They also forced Kentucky to turn the ball over 12 times in the opening half while they only turned the ball over once. Vanderbilt senior Ross Neltner had this to say about his team's defensive effort, "I think we surprised them with our effort and energy in the first half. Our coaches were telling us about how they overwhelmed us at Rupp Arena earlier in the year and we wanted to do the same to them." Put all of that together and you have the recipe for a 41-11 Commodore lead heading into the intermission.

The second half was more of the same for Vandy. They opened the half on a 14-3 run that was capped by two Shan Foster free throws. The Commodores did a good job taking care of the ball in the second half as well, turning it over just five times. Foster said the Commodores have really focused on taking care of the ball in recent weeks, "That's been a focus of ours for the last few games. We needed to take care of the ball better. Alex Gordon tells us before every game that we should have less than 10 turnovers and when we do that, we win a majority of our games. We've accepted the challenge of taking care of the basketball from our coaches."

Foster led Vanderbilt with 20 points. They also got double figures from A.J. Ogilvy with 19, Neltner with 15 and Jermaine Beal with 10.

Kentucky got a game high 21 from Bradley. Crawford, who averages just under 17 points per game, was held to just 11 points. Patterson, who also averages just under 17 a game, was held to 10 points and was limited most of the game by foul trouble.

The game was Kentucky's most lopsided SEC loss in history. It was Vandy's biggest win ever the Wildcats since an 81-51 victory in 1988.

The Commodores will welcome the Florida Gators to Memorial Gym on Saturday and attempt to avenge their 86-64 loss from earlier this season. That game tips off at 2 p.m.


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