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 possesion 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.
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