After bolting out to a 9-0 run, foul trouble sent Malik Monk & De’Aaron Fox to the bench and stopped UK’s momentum. Vandy would go on a 17-6 run of their own and take a 2 point lead. The first half would have each team making mini runs with the Wildcats ending the half on an Isaiah Briscoe layup for a 45-41 lead.
The second half was much like the first half with a plethora of fouls and one on one play. The Wildcats showed very little defense throughout this affair as they gave up several uncontested layups. UK, after having only 5 assists in the first half, would addonly 3 more by the end of the 2nd half.
At the 3:05 mark, Kentucky was struggling to hold on to it’s 75-70 lead, as fouls continued to mount for both teams. The Commodores stayed close by hitting their foul shots and making key shotsdown the stretch. Vanderbilt shot 32 free throws compared to UK’s 24. Vandy showed their discipline by only turning the ball over 7 times. UK ended up with just 2 steals and 1 block shot, both well below their season average.
The Wildcats were led by Briscoe with 23, Fox 22, and Monk with 18. Adebayo tossed in 14 and Gabriel dropped in 4. Humphries, Mulder and Willis scored 2 apiece.
UK would hang on for an 87-81 win in a game that is sure to help the young Cats as the season heads in to the final weeks.