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(12) Vanderbilt 73, Kentucky 79

1 2 OT2OT T
VAN (16-1) 22 43 71 73
UK (7-7) 32 33 77 79

Final

1:30 PM ET, January 12, 2008
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY

Vanderbilt rallies from 16-point deficit, but falls in 2OT to Kentucky

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Kentucky's Ramel Bradley, right, takes an arm to the face from Vanderbilt's Alex Gordon during the second half of their basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. Kentucky upset No. 13 Vanderbilt 79-73 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

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Team Stat Comparison
VANDERBILT KENTUCKY
Points 73 79
FG Made-Attempted 24-54 (.444) 25-57 (.439)
3P Made-Attempted 9-24 (.375) 5-15 (.333)
FT Made-Attempted 16-25 (.640) 24-36 (.667)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 16
Game Leaders
 VANDERBILTKENTUCKY
PointsS. Foster 20P. Patterson 23
ReboundsA. Ogilvy 5P. Patterson 12
AssistsJ. Beal 5R. Bradley 5
StealsR. Neltner 2P. Stevenson 5
BlocksA. Ogilvy 5P. Patterson 2
 · Team Stats: Vanderbilt | Kentucky
Game Flow
2007-08 Season
DATEGAMELINKS
· Jan 12, 2008 @UK 79, VAN 73Recap | Box Score
Feb 12, 2008 UK @ VAN9:00 PM ET
Next 5 Games
VANDERBILT (ET) KENTUCKY (ET)
01/17 @TENN 7:00pm
01/19 LSU 1:00pm
01/27 @FLA 1:00pm
01/30 @MISS 8:00pm
02/02 AUB 5:00pm
01/15 @MSU 9:00pm
01/19 @FLA 9:00pm
01/22 TENN 9:00pm
01/26 SCAR 1:00pm
02/02 @UGA 1:00pm
 · Complete Schedule: Vanderbilt | Kentucky
SEC - East Standings
TEAMCONF W-LTOTAL W-L
#12 Vanderbilt1-116-1
#9 Tennessee2-014-1
Florida2-015-2
Georgia0-19-5
South Carolina0-28-8
Kentucky1-17-8
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Unlike the start of his tenure at Kentucky, coach Billy Gillispie more than met expectations in his Southeastern Conference debut.

Freshman Patrick Patterson had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Wildcats to a 79-73 double-overtime win over Vanderbilt (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) on Saturday, stealing back some of the luster missing from the historic program during Gillispie's rocky start.

Still Perfect
Here are the three remaining undefeated teams:
Team
Record (Conf.)
Next Game
North Carolina17-0 (2-0 ACC)at Georgia Tech, ESPN, 9 p.m. ET, 1/16
Memphis15-0 (2-0 C-USA)at Rice, 8 p.m. ET, 1/16
Kansas17-0 (2-0 Big 12)at Missouri, ESPNU, 8 p.m. ET, 1/19

"There's a lot of basketball left," Gillispie said. "Not one time have I heard anyone make an excuse for them and not one time have I heard them make an excuse."

Ramel Bradley added 20 points, and Joe Crawford had 17 for Kentucky (7-7, 1-0), which gave Gillispie his first win against a ranked opponent this season.

But the Wildcats weren't spectacular.

They allowed Vanderbilt (16-1, 1-1) to crawl back from 16-point second half deficit, then blew an overtime lead before mounting a comeback.

But the hustle and effort that Gillispie has chastised his team for not having returned, and finally the Wildcats have a win they hope can spark their season.

"When you win a game like that it says a lot about the toughness of your team," Gillispie said. "They didn't give up and we wouldn't give up either. That's what made me most proud."

Shan Foster had 20 points for Vanderbilt, which started the day as one of five unbeaten teams in Division I. A.J. Ogilvy struggled early for the Commodores, but ended with 16 points and five rebounds.

Still, Ogilvy admitted the 23,965 fans at Rupp Arena -- the largest crowd he's played in front of with Vanderbilt -- had him rattled.

"I think we got taken out of our game a little bit at the start," Ogilvy said. "We just tried to recover, but never could."

Bradley's jumper in the second overtime put Kentucky ahead 77-73, clinching the first win over a ranked opponent this season.

For a team that had seemed to lose confidence under Gillispie, Kentucky got a much needed boost that comes with an exhausting win over a ranked SEC East opponent.

Other games this season weren't as telling.

Kentucky was shocked with a 16-point home loss to Gardner-Webb in Gillispie's second game and the poor showings snowballed. The Wildcats lost to top-ranked North Carolina and were routed at No. 11 Indiana. They lost at home to unheralded San Diego. They were beaten by instate rival Louisville. They didn't show any affects of all that against Vanderbilt, playing with the passion of the Kentucky team's of old.

"We wanted this one, we needed this one and we got this one," Bradley said. "There's a whole new season ahead, and now we need to go out and keeping getting more wins."

Ogilvy's putback with 1.8 seconds left in the first overtime tied it at 72, sending a once blowout game into a second overtime.

After Vanderbilt took a 69-68 lead in the first overtime on a layup by Alan Metcalfe, Bradley answered with a layup for Kentucky. Patterson would the put the Wildcats ahead 72-69 on a tip-in, pumping his fist in a premature celebration.

"This is why I came to Kentucky," Patterson said. "I knew we could win games like this -- Kentucky is supposed to win games like this."

Foster hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in regulation that tied the game at 65, one possession after the Commodores forced Crawford into a turnover.

But it was the slow start that Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said led to the loss.

Derrick Jasper hit two 3-pointers to cap a 10-0 run that gave the Wildcats a 23-10 lead with 9:36 to play in the opening half.

Kentucky then built a 46-30 with 15 minutes to play in regulation, and collapsed with the kind of blunders that have come to typify this year's Wildcats.

"They came out ready to play and I thought we really did all we could the first 10 minutes of the game to accommodate them," Stallings said. "I thought our team fought extremely hard after the first 10 minutes."

Vanderbilt tried to creep back, but Foster and Ogilvy couldn't get free from Kentucky's smothering defense, which held them to a season-low five points at halftime.

On one of the few occasions this season, Gillispie said he liked his team's effort and that's what led to the sudden turnaround.

"I think our guys are a little tougher than they're given credit for," Gillispie said. "They just showed what they can do when they're pushed to the brink."


Men's Basketball Scores

Other Scores:

Saturday, January 12th
NC State 62 Final
1 North Carolina 93
2 Memphis 68 Final
Marshall 45
3 Kansas 79 Final
Nebraska 58
4 Washington St. 74 Final
5 UCLA 81
6 Michigan State 36 Final
Iowa 43
Connecticut 69 Final
8 Georgetown 72
9 Tennessee 80 Final
South Carolina 56
Colorado 69 Final
10 Texas A&M 86
12 Vanderbilt 73 Final
Kentucky 79 2nd OT
13 Texas 84 Final
Missouri 97
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 56 Final
14 Butler 72
LSU 71 Final
15 Mississippi 74
Notre Dame 66 Final
16 Marquette 92
17 Villanova 66 Final
Cincinnati 69
Seton Hall 70 Final
18 Pittsburgh 84
Florida State 85 Final
19 Clemson 97 2nd OT
22 Dayton 68 Final
Saint Louis 57 OT
24 Arizona 85 Final
Houston 71
Fordham 50 Final
25 Xavier 68