Sunday, January 24, 2016

Improving Kentucky Destroys Vanderbilt

(23) Kentucky 76
Vanderbilt 57

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Most satisfying about Kentucky's thorough victory over Vanderbilt was doing so a week after a loss at Auburn left the 23rd-ranked Wildcats looking shaky in many areas.

Their mission now is maintaining their solid performance through even more challenges.

Tyler Ulis scored 21 points, Jamal Murray added 18 and Kentucky shot 64 percent in the second half to cruise past Vanderbilt 76-57 on Saturday. The Wildcats not only earned their second straight win since blowing a double-digit lead in that 75-70 loss to the Tigers, they were complete in nearly facet.

The Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) led throughout thanks to strong shooting, finishing at 55 percent from the field. Ulis' scoring was balanced, with 11 of his points coming during a second half in which Kentucky led by as many as 23. He finished 9 of 13 from the field with two 3-pointers and five assists in 34 minutes.

Ulis was happier that it was part of a team effort.

"I think we got a lot better today," Ulis said. "Everybody was talking on offense and talking on defense. We just went out there and fought."

Murray was 7 of 13 from the field including 3 of 6 from long range. Alex Poythress got Kentucky started in both halves for 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting with many coming inside.

Kentucky held Vanderbilt (11-8, 3-4) to 32 percent shooting and 33 percent from behind the arc halting the Commodores' three-game winning streak. Vanderbilt entered the contest having made 29 of 62 3-pointers in its last three games.

Complete Recap

Team Records and Series Notes

- Kentucky is now 15-4 on the season, 5-2 in Southeastern Conference action. Vanderbilt is 11-8 overall, 3-4 in league play.
- Kentucky leads the all-time series 141-46 and has won three in a row.
- Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Missouri on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Team Notes

- Kentucky extended its home-court winning streak to 31 games.
- Kentucky shot 55 percent from the field, its best this season against an SEC opponent. UK is 9-0 this season when shooting at least 50 percent.
- UK had only seven turnovers today. The Wildcats have had back-to-back games with their fewest miscues of the season -- six at Arkansas followed by seven today.
- UK tied the Commodores in rebounding at 32 each. UK has a 14-1 record this season when winning or tying the rebounding but is 1-3 when losing the carom gathering.
- UK has had a player score at least 20 points in all seven SEC games this season. The last time UK had a player score at least 20 in the first seven SEC games was 2009.
- Kentucky extended its streak of 958 consecutive games with at least one 3-point basket.

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