For the fifth time in eight games against Vanderbilt, the Kentucky Wildcats rallied to beat the Commodores, 78-64.
The Wildcats trailed by as many as 14 points Tuesday night, but a strong second half propelled the Wildcats to their 9th win in SEC play and 19th overall.
Trailing 36-27 at the break, Nick Richards established a defensive presence early in the second half with three blocked shots to spark Kentucky’s 51-28 run in the final 20 minutes of play.
After Vanderbilt totaled eight made three-pointers in the first half, the Commodores only hit three in the second.
Tyrese Maxey, who led all scorers with 25 points, gave Kentucky their first lead of the game at 48-46 on a layup with 11:16 remaining in the game. The freshman guard knocked down 10-of-17 shots, including 3-of-4 from three-point range.
The most encouraging thing for John Calipari’s club is Ashton Hagan’s played his best game in weeks. The sophomore point guard fell two assists shy of a triple double, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. He only committed one turnover in 32 minutes of action.
Immanuel Quickley also joined in on the fun in the second half, scoring 13 of his 18 points after intermission.
Kentucky improves to 19-5 (9-2 SEC) on the season. Next up for the Wildcats is a home matchup vs. Ole Miss on Saturday at Rupp Arena.