Cats fend off hot-shooting Vanderbilt to win 65-57

01/20/2015 11:30 PM

It wasn’t pretty at times, but No. 1 Kentucky remains a perfect 18 and 0 after a 65-57 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Rupp was rocking for another late 9 p.m. home start for the Cats, who couldn’t seem to break open the game like they did against Missouri and Alabama last week. Vanderbilt shot 41.5% for the game and hung around until late in the second half when Kentucky’s depth finally wore them down.

The man who seemed to always have the answer for Vandy’s numerous second-half runs, Aaron Harrison, led the Cats with 14 points on 4-7 shooting. Dakari Johnson added 10 points, and Karl Anthony-Towns finished with 7 blocks. Kentucky shot 43.5% for the game, including shooting 4-6 from three-point land.

For Vanderbilt, guards Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis were red hot from deep. They combined to go 7 for 11 from three, keeping Vandy in the game until the final minutes.

Kentucky heads to Columbia, South Carolina Saturday for a date with the Gamecocks. Tip time is set for noon.

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