Vanderbilt used a strong 2nd half to knock off the 16th ranked Kentucky Wildcats 74-62 in a big SEC match-up Saturday before a sold-out crowd at Memorial Gymnasium. Matthew Fisher Davis led the Commodores in scoring with 20 points, tying his career high. Jeff Roberson added 16, Damian Jones had 15, and Wade Baldwin IV netted for the Commodores.
The Wildcats were led by Jamal Murray with 33 points with 21 coming in the 1st half alone. Wildcat guard Tyler Ulis struggled all day to find his range, as Vanderbilt held him to 12 points on 5 of 20 shots including 0 for 7 on 3-pointers.
Kentucky led 39-36 at the half, but Vanderbilt overtook the Wildcats in the 2nd half with a 3-pointer by Fisher Davis at the 15:29 mark that put Vandy up 48-47. The Commodores would not trail again, and they stretched out the lead the rest of the game, going on to win 74-62 as the Commodore fans rushed the court at the end of the game.
Vanderbilt (18-11, 10-6 SEC) has won six of their last eight to move closer to the top of the SEC 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.