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Vanderbilt knocks off No. 16 Kentucky 74-62

2353 days ago
Associated Press
Photo: Mark Humphrey | AP Images

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Matthew Fisher-Davis tied his career-high with 20 points, and Vanderbilt upset No. 16 Kentucky 74-62 on Saturday for their third straight victory.

The Commodores (18-11, 10-6) have won six of their last eight to move closer to the top of the Southeastern Conference standings with two games left in the regular season. Vanderbilt came into this game tied with LSU for fourth place and is just a loss behind Kentucky for the league lead.

Jeff Roberson scored 16 points, twice scoring just before the shot clock expired in the second half, Damian Jones added 15 and Wade Baldwin IV had 14.

Kentucky (21-8, 11-5) lost for the second time in three games despite freshman Jamal Murray scoring 33 points. Tyler Ulis added 12 points, and coach John Calipari sent most of his bench to the locker room with 34 seconds left.

The Commodores have beaten consecutive ranked opponents after losing 13 straight against Top 25 competition.

Kentucky missed its final nine shots and went scoreless over the final 3:47 of a game that pitted the SEC's two best shooting teams and stingiest defenses. The Wildcats shot very well in the first half but hit only 7 of 26 (26.9 percent) in the second. That's when Vanderbilt took over on a court they play so very well on this season.

The Wildcats never led by more than eight points but were up 45-38 on a basket by Isaiah Briscoe.

Vanderbilt answered with a 13-2 run capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Fisher-Davis putting the Commodores up 51-47 with 14:38 left and prompting Calipari to take a timeout. Fisher-Davis' first 3 gave Vandy its first lead since midway through the first half.

Kentucky never got closer than six points, and Vanderbilt padded the lead at the free throw line in the final minute before the celebration began.

Kentucky led 39-36 at halftime with Murray scoring 21 points in his 18 minutes.



Kentucky: Senior Alex Poythress, who went to high school in nearby Clarksville, Tennessee, started in his second game back from an injured right knee. But he fouled out with 6:26 left without scoring a point in 16 minutes. ... Nobody scored off the bench for Kentucky. ... This was the Wildcats' first visit to Memorial Gym since January 2014.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores had lost 13 straight games against Top 25 teams since upsetting then-No. 1 Kentucky in the SEC Tournament final in 2012 before knocking off then-No. 8 Texas A&M on Feb. 4. The Commodores wrap up the regular season visiting Texas A&M on March 5. ... The Commodores have won seven straight at home and improved to 13-2 this season at Memorial. ... Vandy had a 19-11 edge in second-chance points.

MURRAY'S HALF: The Kentucky freshman had 21 points in the first half, the most by any Wildcat this season. That's the most points in the first half during Calipari's tenure at Kentucky. Murray was 8 of 11, including 4 of 5 beyond the arc. He grabbed six rebounds. When Murray knocked down a 3 with 2:21 left, that gave him 21 points and tied the Kentucky freshman record set by Brandon Knight with his 14th 20-point game this season.


Kentucky: Visits Florida on Tuesday.

Vanderbilt: Hosts Tennessee on Tuesday.