Vanderbilt uses late surge to topple No. 25 Kentucky
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Derrick Byars scored 23 points and Shan
Foster had 16 points and seven assists to lead Vanderbilt over 25th-ranked
Kentucky, 72-67, at Rupp Arena.
Foster’s jumper with 2:19 left gave the Commodores (13-6, 3-2 SEC) the lead
for good, as Vanderbilt used a 10-0 run late in the second half to improved to
4-1 against ranked teams this season.
Dan Cage added 10 points for Vanderbilt, which has won consecutive games,
including a win over 10th-ranked Alabama last time out.
Bobby Perry had 13 points for the Wildcats (15-4, 4-1), who had an 11-game win
streak come to an end. Sheray Thomas and Joe Crawford each had 12 points for
Kentucky, which has dropped three straight to Vanderbilt.
After Kentucky went ahead 59-58 on a Ramel Bradley jumper with 2:59 to play,
Vanderbilt took over by scoring 10 straight points to ice the game. Foster’s
fade-away jumper with 2:19 left started the surge, and Byars added a breakaway
layup for a 62-59 edge with 1:58 left.
The Wildcats had a chance to tie the game next time down the floor, but
Crawford’s three-pointer rimmed out and Cage hit a trey from the corner on the
other end for a 65-59 lead. Cage added two free throws 16 seconds later and
Byars’ free throw with 33 ticks remaining capped the run for Vandy.
The Commodores hit 50 percent of their shots for the game, going 11-of-23 from
Vanderbilt led for most of the first half, but because of a 14-4 run by
Kentucky to end the stanza, went into the break down 33-32. Perry drained a
three-pointer with 1:01 left in the half to give Kentucky its first lead since
scoring the first points of the game.
The Commodores’ largest advantage of the half was nine points, 28-19 following
a Jejuan Brown jumper with 4:10 to play.
Vanderbilt scored 17 points off turnovers…Kentucky fell to 10-1 at
home…Vanderbilt improved to 2-3 on the road…Kentucky shot 43 percent from
the field, hitting just 6-of-22 three-pointers.