Vanderbilt rallies, comes up short at Kentucky

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:01pm
Staff reports

A furious rally came up short.

Vanderbilt pulled within two with less than four minutes left but never pulled ahead in a 74-70 loss to Kentucky on Wednesday night at Rupp Arena.

The Commodores trailed by 13 with 9:03 remaining before rattling off a 14-3 run. Kedren Johnson drove the lane for a layup to cut the lead to 61-59 with 3:53 left.

Kentucky senior Julius Mays then used a shot fake to get Kyle Fuller off his feet and made a big 3-pointer.

Fuller later made a 3-pointer of his own from the corner that cut the deficit to 68-65 with 1:10 left. But on the next possession Archie Goodwin got open near the basket and Josh Henderson fouled him on an attempted block. Goodwin made both free throws and the Wildcats held off Vanderbilt in the final minute.

The Commodores (10-15, 4-9) went scoreless for more than five minutes early in the first half and paid for it.

Kentucky turned a one-point lead into a 14-point advantage. Willie Cauley-Stein’s dunk with 10:39 left in the half put the Wildcats ahead 23-9 and the Commodores faced an uphill battle the rest of the way.

Johnson scored 17 points for Vanderbilt, which lost at Rupp for the fifth straight year. Rod Odom added 16 and made a career-high tying four 3-pointers — all in the first half — for the second straight game. Fuller had 14 points and Henderson tied a career-high with 13.

Cauley-Stein led Kentucky (18-8, 9-4) with 20 points. The 7-foot freshman made eight of 10 shots and had seven rebounds. Goodwin had 16 points and Harrow scored 12.

Things got chippy with 3:01 left. After Harrow fouled and knocked Henderson to the ground, he appeared to stand over Henderson and deny Sheldon Jeter a chance to help his teammate up. Johnson, among others, took exception and quickly approached Harrow.

As the players were separated, both guard Kevin Bright and walk-on Carter Josephs left the bench and walked onto the floor. That resulted in an automatic ejection for both players. Josephs did not play in the game. But Bright, the team’s leading rebounder, had five points, six rebounds and four fouls.

Vanderbilt stays on the road to play at Mississippi State on Saturday (12:30 p.m., SEC Network).

7 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 2/21/13 at 1:11

When one looks at the talent and then realizes that this team has won 10 games one must give credit to Stallings for his coaching skills. There is no question that these players are giving 100% effort on every trip down the floor.

One of my favorite Vanderbilt teams in so many ways.

By: TITAN1 on 2/21/13 at 7:05

The future is bright with these young kids. Very talented. Coach Stallings will help them grow. Go, Vandy!

By: wiseguy1 on 2/21/13 at 8:44

Don;t know what, or maybe why, it is that Stalling's VU teams have a 5 minute or more scoring dry spell. A not so fun part of the cardiac Commodores I could do without.

By: ssssunny43 on 2/22/13 at 8:06

Anybody paying attention in the Vandy Athletic Department? Let's look at 5 bball coaches' tenure at current schools: KEVIN STALLINGS: 14 Vandy Seasons will show: 7 20 Win Seasons; 5 SEC Winning Seasons: 6 NCAA appearances. BILLY DONOVAN: 17 FLORIDA seasons will show: 15 20 Win Seasons, 13 SEC Winning Seasons, 12 NCAA appearances (2 NCAA Championship). RICK PITINO: 12 Louisville Seasons: 11 20 Win Seasons, 9 Conference Winning Seasons, 9 NCAA appearances. BO RYAN: 12 WIsconsin Seasons; 10 20 Win Seasons, 12 Big !0 Winning Seasons, 12 NCAA appearances; MARK FEW; 14 Gonzaga Seasons: 14 20 Win Seasons, 14 Conference Winning Seasons, 14 NCAA appearances. Is Vandy getting their money's worth from either their basketball coach or their AD? Given what Vandy is paying these two guys, how many BILLIONS of dollars should the other schools be paying the bball coaches and ADs? Any of these coaches losing committed recruits????? Vandy basketball---the 5th best college basketball team in the state of Tennessee. Why would anybody want or expect better?

By: 4gold on 2/23/13 at 7:02

Just glad baseball is here so I have something to watch other than this BBall team piling up the L after L after L after L. This team has peaked if they dont recruit a power big man and a forward that can score it will be another train wreck next year. So far all Stallings has landed is a second shelf forward scoring 8 points a game in high school. That won't cut it.

Anyone wonder why Corn Elder at Ensworth went to Miami? The school is about to get slammed by NCAA on all fronts for lack of control. Odd choice of schools for sure.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: 4gold on 2/23/13 at 7:02

Just glad baseball is here so I have something to watch other than this BBall team piling up the L after L after L after L. This team has peaked if they dont recruit a power big man and a forward that can score it will be another train wreck next year. So far all Stallings has landed is a second shelf forward scoring 8 points a game in high school. That won't cut it.

Anyone wonder why Corn Elder at Ensworth went to Miami? The school is about to get slammed by NCAA on all fronts for lack of control. Odd choice of schools for sure.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: wiseguy1 on 2/25/13 at 9:57

Good observation sunny ... Maybe Stallings brings something to the table that the fans don't see.

Corbin and Franklin have raised the bar of expectations in men's sports. Maybe it just cost too much $$$ to let Stallings go (a goo dbit of the availalbe cash has to tied up in badly needed facility expansion projects) ... or maybe Williams is giving Stallings enough rope to hang himself.