Kentucky had five players score in double figures plus boxscore and other game notes

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Team Records and Series Notes                                       

  • Kentucky has won two in a row and is now 7-13 overall, 6-7 in the Southeastern Conference.
    • ended a four-game road losing streak.
  • Vanderbilt is 6-11, 2-9 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 151-47 and has won 10 in a row vs. the Commodores.
    • leads 60-29 in games played in Nashville.
  • Next: Kentucky continues its tour of the Volunteer State by traveling to Knoxville for Saturday’s 1 p.m. CBS game at Tennessee.

Player Notes   

  • Davion Mintz led the Wildcats with 18 points, one below his season best, and tied his season high with four 3-pointers.
    • Made a huge 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining, giving him three consecutive games with a clutch 3 in the final two minutes of the contest.
  • Jacob Toppin had a career-high 16 points.
    • He went 5 of 5 at the foul line, four of which came with the game on the line in the final 30 seconds.
  • Isaiah Jackson scored 15 points and tied for the team high in rebounds with nine.
    • However, all but two rebounds of his production came in the first half as foul trouble limited him to only five minutes of action in the second half.
    • His 15 points is his second-best of the season, following his season-high 18 points Saturday vs. Auburn.
  • Jr. picked up 12 points, four rebounds and three steals.
  • Olivier Sarr had 10 points, all coming in the second half when the Wildcats were struggling to hold on to their lead.
    • He also had a season-high four blocked shots for the second game in a row.
  • Although he scored just two points, Keion Brooks Jr. played an outstanding floor game with nine rebounds, plus career highs with five assists and four blocked shots.

Coach John Calipari 

  • Calipari is now 337-90 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 782-230 all-time on-court record. 
  • is 274-52 under Calipari against teams unranked in The Associated Press Top 25.
  • Calipari is 21-4 in his career vs. Vanderbilt.

 Team Notes 

  • For the second game in a row, tied its season high of 82 points.
  • had five players score in double figures, second time this season, also vs. Arkansas.
  • With eight 3-pointers made tonight, has made 33 long balls over the last three games.
  • made a season-best 96% at the foul line, 24 of 25.
    • That mark is the fourth best under Calipari.
  • With 17 assists and 15 turnovers, is now 7-2 this season when winning or tying assist/TO margin.
  • UK limited Vanderbilt to 40% from the field.
    • UK is 207-24 under Calipari when keeping the opponent at 40 percent or less, although only 5-5 this season when that occurs.
  • Kentucky blocked 11 shots, one shy of the season high in that category.
  • UK has won its last two games by four and two points, improving its record this season to 4-6 in games decided by one or two possessions.

In the First Half 

  • Kentucky started Devin Askew, Davion Mintz, Jr., Isaiah Jackson and Olivier Sarr for the fifth-straight game and eighth time this season. UK is 3-5 with this lineup.
    • Keion Brooks Jr. was the first substitute at the 16:31 mark.
  • Kentucky scored the game’s first 10 points by the 16:20 mark.
  • At 10-5, the Wildcats added a 15-3 run and led 25-8 midway through the opening stanza.
    • Defense keyed the strong start, as by this juncture, UK had forced nine turnovers and had blocked two shots.
  • UK went cold for four minutes as VU cut the gap to 25-15.
  • Vanderbilt edged back within 32-25 with 1:44 left, but the Wildcats closed with a 10-5 spurt and went to halftime ahead 42-30.
    • Jackson led UK with 15 points, 5-5 FG and 5-6 at the FT line, along with seven rebounds.
    • Mintz also had 10 points in the half.
    • Kentucky is now 4-5 this season when leading at halftime.

In the Second Half 

  • Kentucky opened the second half with the starting lineup.
  • Vanderbilt came out with a 10-2 run, forcing a UK timeout at 16:09 with the score 44-40.
  • At 13:56, UK was called for a technical foul for having six men on the court. VU made one of two free throws to tie the game at 46, the only tie of the game.
  • As he did in the previous two games, Mintz hit a huge 3-pointer, putting UK back in the lead.
  • UK stretched the lead to 62-53 with 7:23 remaining.
  • Trailing 74-68 with 1:41 to go, Vanderbilt pulled to within 74-73 but missed two free throws with 32 seconds left.
  • In the final 30 seconds, Jacob Toppin made four foul shots, Boston two and Askew two to preserve the win.