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Jan 11, 2014 6:02 PM

UK Holds Off A Pesky Vanderbilt Team, 71-62

UK was trying to correct two things. Coach Calipari wanted to see his Wildcats get off to a faster start and run more to get easy baskets. You would think that would be easy against a Vanderbilt team that has only 7 scholarship players.

But, UK didn't run very much 0 fast break points in the half and they only took a 30-22 lead at the break. So, you wouldn't exactly call that a fast start.

After being tied with Vanderbilt at 4, UK went on an 11-2 run and the bright spot of that was the Wildcats hitting the first 7 Free Throws they shot, including two from Dakari Johnson.

Vanderbilt would cut the lead to 17-14 on a Damion Jones three pointer. Jarrod Polson was big hitting two three pointers, the second of which gave the Cats its biggest lead at 30-20. Aaron Harrison led the way with 8 points, Julius Randle had 6 points and 11 rebounds.

30-22 UK at the break.

2nd half, Vanderbilt kept hanging in there. But about halfway through the second half, UK started scoring big inside. Leading by just six, Andrew Harrison made a layup, then a Willie Cauley-Stein dunk and then Alex Poythress with another dunk. And, UK finally had a double digit lead in the second half.

From there, any time Vanderbilt would make a run to cut the lead to 8, UK would push it back to 12. Kentucky would go on to win 71-62 on the road. The Wildcats were led by Willie Cauley-Stein's 15 points. After the game, WCS attributed it to doing what Coach Cal wants and that's going hard. He told CBS's Greg Anthony, "One of his main quotes is play without the ball and that's whatI try to do", said Cauley-Stein. "When it comes, try to do something with it. But, I play with a lot of energy."

Aaron Harrison added 14 points while brother Andrew had a great game with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 0 turnovers. "Andrew Harrison played terrific today and we need him to play well for our team to elevate ", said UK Head Coach, John Calipari. "He's now moving it and still attacking. He's reminded me of the progress of Tyreke Evans. It just took time and when he gets there he's going to be outstanding."

UK is on the road again this coming Tuesday when the Cats visit Arkansas.

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