Vanderbilt Downs Kentucky, 77-64

NASHVILLE-- After hitting a speed bump in Knoxville, the young Vanderbilt Commodores resumed their march towards future stardom. Freshmen Lance Goulbourne (17), Jeffery Taylor (14), and Brad Tinsley (9), combined for 40 points to lead Vanderbilt past Kentucky, 77-64. Jermaine Beal added another 17 points.

"That's more like what I've gotten accustomed to with these guys in terms of their energy and effort. I was really pleased, even at halftime. We played with good intensity and emotion. I thought we did a good job on Jodie Meeks. Lance Goulbourne came off the bench and gave us a boost. We played well in the second half. We started it off well and played well all the way through it. We got into the Bonus early in each half," Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game.

Turnovers continued to haunt Vandy early in this game. After turning the ball over 21 times Saturday in Knoxville, the Dores turned it over four times in the first four and a half minutes that helped Kentucky jump out to an 8-6 lead.

The Commodores would come storming back out of the first media timeout with a 10-2 run to take a 16-10 lead. Jermaine Beal hit two free throws in that run that came from a technical foul on Kentucky Coach Billy Gillespie. Jodie Meeks would slow the Commodore momentum on ensuing possession when he hit a three from about 28 feet.

That Meeks three would start an 8-0 run by the Cats that would give them the lead back at 22-18. Two free throws by Ogilvy would tie the game at 18. The Wildcats would score on their next two possessions. On their third possession, Deandre Liggins got away with an elbow to the head of Tinsley. Tinsley would be called for a foul as Liggins went past him. After the whistle, Liggins ran into Ogilvy who was called for a technical foul. Meeks would hit the technical free throws to complete a 6-0 UK run that gave them a 24-18 lead.

Vandy would finish the half on a 12-6 run that would take them into the intermission tied at 30. The Commodores were aided in the first half by the fact that they got into the double bonus with just over six minutes remaining in the half. They would take advantage by hitting 15 of 18 free throws.

Vanderbilt opened the second half of an 11-2 run to take a 41-32 lead with just over 10 minutes left to play. After getting pushed around in Knoxville on Saturday, the Black and Gold played very physical in this contest.

The Dores would put together a 15-3 run midway through the second half to take a 60-44 lead. Goulbourne was the spark that ignited that run hitting two three pointers and knocking down a couple of free throws.

The Cats would try to make a comeback by going on a 9-2 run, but Jermaine Beal made a nice move to get to the basket, laid the ball in, and got the Memorial Crowd on their feet. UK would cut the lead to single digits one more time at 67-58, but Vandy would knock down their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Taylor was not only great on the offensive end; he did a great job on defense against Meeks. While Meeks did end the game with 26 points, it took him 21 shots to get those points.

The Commodores return to action on Saturday when they travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators. That game tips off at 2 p.m. and can be seen on Raycom.


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