- Saturday, January 8 2000 -
Vanderbilt - 52 (Head Coach: Kevin Stallings) - [Unranked]
|Rick Jones (*)||16||1||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||3||2||0||0||3||3|
Kentucky - 72 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 25th by AP]
|J. P. Blevins||20||3||4||1||1||3||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||0||2||10|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 35, Vanderbilt 27
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Georgia Tech 80 - 71|||||Auburn 63 - 66|
Game Writeup - Written by and courtesy of Keith Bays; Kentucky Sports Report, (All Rights Reserved)
Cats Slam 'Dores
The University of Kentucky Wildcats put the defensive clamps on the Vandy shooters and defeated the Commodores 72-52 in Lexington's Rupp Arena. The Cats were paced by Tayshaun Prince's 17 points. Senior center Jamaal Magloire had yet another double-double as he tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Kentucky and Vandy traded leads in the first half, after the game was tied first at 3, then at 5. Kentucky then jumped out to a 11-5 lead on the strength of back to back long rasnge bombs by Tay Prince. Vandy then scored two baskets, a James Strong basket in close, and a Sam Howard three pointer. Tayshaun Prince answered the mini-run with another long range bomb, his htird of the game.
Following Prince's three pointer Vandy took their first lead of the game, 15-14, after Howard hit his second three, and Dan Langhi hit an 8 footer. The lead was short lived as a JP Blevins three recaptured the lead for Kentucky. Following a Strong free throw Magloire hit a pair of charity tosses of his own to give Kentucky a 19-16 lead.
Vandy came storming back with another mini-run on a Howard three pointer and a dunk by 7-1 sophomore Darius Coulibaly.
Kentucky jumped on the back of Jamaal Magloire and charged back to the front on the strength of a half ending 15-6 run. The Cats took the lead when their big center made a nifty move on the baseline off a Todd Tackett feed and was fouled. The Cats led 22-21 and Vandy would never lead again. Magloire nailed the free throw to complete the three point play. Moments later a Magloire postup basket gave the Cats a 24-21 lead.
Kentucky led 35-27 at the half.
Both teams looked a little sluggish to start the second half, but the Kentucky defense helped the Cats sneak out to a 49-35 lead. The Cats appeared poised to blow out the 'Dores, but Vandy would make one last charge. A Langhi basket in the lane and a Rick Jones three pointer pulled Vandy within double digits at 49-40.
The Kentucky defense then took over. On the strength of their stingy defense the Cats went on a 17-4 run, including a 13-0 stretch.
The highlight of the run was when Tay Prince hooked up with Jules Camara on an alleyoop dunk. Prince was inbounding the ball near midcourt along the sideline and threw a perfect pass over the Vandy defenders as Camara got loose on the weakside for the easy flush. Another highlight, earlier in the run, was when Tay Prince blocked Sam Howard's three point attempt, tracked down the ball and raced downcourt for a huge crowd raising dunk.
Vandy's frustration showed as Strong grabbed the arm of UK guard Keith Bogans on a breakaway dunk attempt and was assessed an intentional foul. This was the second time of the evening that Keith Bogans had been the recipient of a Vanderbilt intentional foul. Each time Bogans nailed his free throws, but Kentucky was unable to capitolize on the extra possession.
Kentucky's reserves helped set the final 72-52 score over the final minutes of the game.
In addition to the output of Magloire and Prince Kentucky had two more players in double figures. JP Blevins finished the game with 10 points, as did wing guard Keith Bogans.
Desmond Allison once again had a lackluster offensive performance as he was limited to five points. Nothing illustrated Allison's slump anymore than his 1-4 shooting at the charity stripe.
Kentucky shot a woeful, but improving 43% from the field. Most impressive was a second consecutive game of good three point shooting, as the Cats hit 35% of their threes. Tayshaun Prince really stroked the ball well as he hit a career high 5 threes on just 7 attempts.
The Kentucky defense forced Vanderbilt into 29 turnovers, including 13 by the starting guards, Atiba Prater and James Strong. Prater came into the game leading the SEC in assists and was held to a single assist.
Kentucky held Dan Langhi to 14 points, nearly ten below his average. Langhi shot just 6-15 from the field, including 2-7 from behind the arc.
Next up for Kentucky is a road trip to Auburn, on Tuesday.
Vanderbilt's Dan Langhi fends off Saul Smith (#11)
Saul Smith defends against Vandy's James Strong
Jamaal Magloire tries to retain possession of the ball while defended by Vandy's Anthony Williams