Cats Defeat Vanderbilt In Double Overtime

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
Associated Press Writer
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freshman Patrick Patterson had 23 points
and 12 rebounds to lift Kentucky to a 79-73 double-overtime win
over No. 13 Vanderbilt on Saturday, stealing back some of the
luster missing from the historic program.
Ramel Bradley added 20 points, and Joe Crawford had 17 for
Kentucky (7-7, 1-0), which gave Billy Gillispie a win in his
Southeastern Conference debut.
Shan Foster had 20 points for Vanderbilt (16-1, 1-1) which
started the day as one of five unbeaten teams in Division I. A.J.
Ogilvy struggled early for Vanderbilt, but ended with 16 points and
five rebounds to help the Commodores overcome a 16-point deficit
and force two overtimes.
Bradley's jumper in the second overtime put Kentucky ahead
77-73, clinching the first win over a ranked opponent this season.
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.
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.
The Wildcats called a timeout with 2 seconds left in regulation,
but all they could get off was a desperate heave by Bradley.
Kentucky led 46-30 with 15 minutes to play, but collapsed with
the kind of blunders that have come to typify this year's Wildcats.
For a team that had seemed to lose confidence in Gillispie's
first season, Kentucky could use the boost that comes with a big
win over a ranked SEC East opponent.
Kentucky was shocked with a 16-point home loss to Gardner-Webb
in his second game and the poor showings snowballed.
The Wildcats lost to top-ranked North Carolina and were routed
at No. 11 Indiana. They also lost at home to unheralded San Diego.
They didn't show any affects of all that against Vanderbilt.
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.
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. The Wildcats went ahead 32-17
with 2:25 left in the half on a three-point play by Patterson that
erupted the Rupp Arena faithful.
Foster opened the second half with five quick points, cutting
Kentucky's lead to 32-27.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by andy Location: paintsville on Jan 14, 2008 at 10:10 AM
    hey way to go cats. that is how you are supposed to play at kentucky. for the first time u guys are looking like a team. you guys played together as team. keep it up and lets make a big run. coach keep up the good work, i believe its starting to get in their heads.
  • by Susan Location: Kentucky on Jan 14, 2008 at 09:21 AM
    Way to go Wildcats!!!- Keep up the good work
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Jan 14, 2008 at 08:47 AM
    AFTER 14 GAMES,THIS WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE.KEEPING IT REAL,ALL THE LOW POINTS THIS SEASON,THEY FOUND A WAY NOT TO LET IT WEIGH THEM DOWN.THEY NEVER SLUMPED SATURDAY.TRUE THEY HAD A BIG LEAD,REASON BEING THEY PLAYED TOUGH AND WITH A SUSTAINED EFFORT.TRADITIONALLY VANDY ARE SHOOTERS AND POWERFUL OFFENSIVELY BECAUSE OF UK'S EFFORT THAT CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR VANDY.I'VE SEEN EVERY GAME AND NEVER SEEN THEM PLAY LIKE THEY PLAYED SATURDAY.I SAW SOME MATURITY,THEY GUTTED IT OUT.MOSTLY I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH THE SENIORS, BRADLEY AND CRAWFORD,THEY ROSE TO THE OCCASSION.THE FANS SHOULD BE ALSO COMMENDED FOR THIS VICTORY,THEY ROCKED THIS GAME UNLIKE IN THE PAST.RUPP CAN BE THE MOST DIFFICULT PLACE TO PLAY THIS SEASON IF THE FANS CONTINUE TO ROCK IT.HONESTLY,I HOPE UK CAN CARRY SATURDAY'S TOTAL EFFORT OVER TO TOMORROW NIGHT AT MISS.ST.THEY GOT TO BE CAREFUL COMING OFF THE VANDY WIN.I HOPE BILLY G USES HIS BENCH MORE.THE WAY KY.HELD ON AND FINISHED CAN SAVE THE SEASON,PROVIDING THEY DO IT AGAIN.HOPE SO.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jan 13, 2008 at 03:17 PM
    For the first 30 minutes of the game, these were the Cats that I had expected to see all season, working hard, hustling, and playing ball the way it was meant to be played. Then somehow they blew a 16 point lead and ended up going to double OT. They pulled it out, but Billy needs to figure out how to get them to play good ball for a full 40 minutes if we're going to go anywhere this season. Great job though on pulling this one out and keep up the good work!!!

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