No. 14 Kentucky beats Vanderbilt 71-62 behind 15 points from Willie Cauley-Stein

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points, and No. 14 Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 71-62 Saturday for the Wildcats' fourth straight victory.

Aaron Harrison added 14 points and Andrew Harrison 10 and Kentucky (12-3, 2-0) started off a two-game road swing through the Southeastern Conference with a win. Julius Randle had 10 of his 11 rebounds in the first half.

Kentucky coach John Calipari has nine freshmen, the same number of total players Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings has available right now with leading scorer Eric McClellan first suspended from the university Wednesday before being dismissed from the program on Friday.

That left senior Rod Odom as Vandy's leading scorer averaging 13.8 points a game, and he spent 10 minutes of the first half on the bench because of foul trouble. He finished with five points.

Freshman Damian Jones had a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds for Vanderbilt. Kyle Fuller had 17 points and 10 assists, and Dai-Jon Parker added 17.

Vanderbilt outshot Kentucky 50 percent (25 of 50) to 42.6 percent (26 of 61 ).

But the Wildcats used their size for a 41-28 rebounding edge, and their much deeper bench outscored the two scholarship players on Vanderbilt's bench 19-3.

The Wildcats took advantage of Vanderbilt's woes by painting the inside of Memorial Gym blue with fans making themselves right at home chanting "Go Big Blue" early and often.

Kentucky took the lead for good at 8-6 on a jumper by Aaron Harrison, the first of nine straight points as the Wildcats took advantage of a nearly 6-minute scoring drought by Vanderbilt to go up 15-6.

The Wildcats led 30-22 at halftime but didn't take control until Andrew Harrison hit back-to-back 3-pointers, the second midway through the second half pushing the Wildcats' lead back to double digits. Alex Poythress added his first bucket on a layup giving Kentucky its biggest lead at 53-39 with 9:26 left.

A technical called on Poythress for delay after a dunk with 5:37 left helped Vanderbilt score five quick points including a 3-pointer by Parker to pull within 60-52 with 5:20 left.

Vandy got within 65-58 on a 3-pointer by Fuller with 2:00 left. The Commodores could get no closer as Kentucky dribbled to run out the clock and hit a couple free throws in the final minute, though the Wildcats botched an alley-oop dunk in the final seconds that drew boos mixed both for the attempt and the poor execution.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

or Subscribe now so you can share your opinion! It’s only a penny for a month trial.

More UK Sports News
Celtics choose UK's Young in NBA draft
Celtics choose UK's Young in NBA draft

With their other first-round pick, the Celtics addressed a critical need by going for a perimeter scorer, drafting 6-foot-6 swingman James…

Lakers select UK's Julius Randle in NBA Draft
Lakers select UK's Julius Randle in NBA Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers have selected Kentucky forward Julius Randle with the seventh pick in the NBA draft.

UK's 2-way star named NCAA baseball's top player
UK's 2-way star named NCAA baseball's top player

Kentucky two-way star A.J. Reed is winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as the top player in college baseball.

Harrison brothers are staying at Kentucky
Harrison brothers are staying at Kentucky

Twin freshman guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison are passing up the NBA draft and returning for a second season.

Kentucky star Julius Randle to enter NBA draft
Kentucky star Julius Randle to enter NBA draft

Freshman forward Julius Randle will leave Kentucky after one season to enter the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five…

'Hefty Lefty' weighs in on NCAA ruling on food
'Hefty Lefty' weighs in on NCAA ruling on food

The former NFL and University of Kentucky quarterback playfully referred to as "Hefty Lefty" is having a little fun on social media…

Kentucky brings up memories of Fab Five
Kentucky brings up memories of Fab Five

The Fab Five came onto the national basketball landscape like a thunder dunk. You had to notice the five baggy-shorts-wearing…

Yes! UK is going to the NCAA championship game!
Yes! UK is going to the NCAA championship game!

Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left, after taking a pass from his twin brother Andrew, and Kentucky beat Wisconsin 74-73 on…

Contrasting UK, Wisconsin meet at Final Four
Contrasting UK, Wisconsin meet at Final Four

Wisconsin meets Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday, in a national semifinal between two programs that approach the sport from completely…

Big, maybe historic weekend for the Wildcats
Big, maybe historic weekend for the Wildcats

It could be a historic NCAA basketball weekend for the Kentucky Wildcats and Coach John Calipari.The big win would mark the end of a tough…