LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- Kentucky is 12-3 overall, 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt is 9-6, 0-3 in the SEC.
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Kentucky leads the series 146-47, including 82-14 in games played in Lexington.
Tonight’s attendance of 22,504 is a back-to-back season high.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats begin a two-game road swing Tuesday at Georgia. Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.
In the First Half
Kentucky started Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and Reid Travis for the eighth time this season. UK is now 5-3 with that lineup.
VU came out hot, hitting 3-pointers on its first three possessions, en route to a 16-4 lead.
It was the second straight game of an early double-digit deficit, as Texas A&M opened with a 10-0 lead on Tuesday.
Trailing 22-12 at the 11:26 mark, UK gradually chipped away, tying at 28 with 1:55 to go on a short jumper by Herro.
Vanderbilt responded with a basket and led 30-28 going into halftime.
In the Second Half
Kentucky opened the second stanza with the original starting lineup.
Johnson tied the game at 30 with a pair of foul shots, followed by his 3-pointer from the corner at 18:48 to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game. A well-contested driving layup by Hagans completed the 7-0 run to make it 35-30. UK led the rest of the way.
Leading 45-42 with 8:35 remaining in the game, UK held Vanderbilt without a basket for more than five minutes. The Wildcats stretched the lead to 11 at 54-43 and led comfortably the rest of the way.
UK limited Vanderbilt to 17 second-half points. That’s the lowest point total by a UK opponent since the Wildcats held Tennessee to 17 second-half points on Feb. 17, 2015.
After Vanderbilt’s hot start – 22 points in the first 8:34 of the game – Kentucky limited the visitors to 25 points in the last 31:26 of the game.
During the last 31 minutes, VU made only 9 of 36 shots from the field.
Vanderbilt totaled 47 points. UK is 66-0 under Coach John Calipari when keeping the opponent at 55 points or less, including 2-0 this season.
Vanderbilt shot only 36.2 percent from the field. UK is 169-15 (.918) under Calipari when keeping the opponent at 40 percent or less, including 5-0 this season.
UK shot 50 percent from the field tonight. It is UK’s seventh game of the season at 50 percent or better, all wins.
UK dominated around the basket tonight, winning rebounding 38-21 and points in the paint 32-16.
Statistical oddity: although UK committed 15 turnovers and VU had only 12, it was the Wildcats who took advantage of the miscues and won points off turnovers by a 16-4 margin.
UK improved to 245-5 (.980) under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at any point in the game.
UK has won 13 in a row at Rupp Arena, dating back to last season.
Ashton Hagans continued his offensive surge, tying for game-high honors with 15 points. He made seven of nine shots from the field.
This is his fourth straight double-figure game, and he is averaging 14 points per game during that span.
Hagans also had game-highs with four assists and three steals. He has at least three thefts in five straight games. No Wildcat has done that through at least 1996-97.
Keldon Johnson equaled Hagans with a game-best 15 points, making 6 of 8 shots from the field.
Johnson scored the first five points of the second half, putting UK ahead for good.
Immanuel Quickley notched 12 points, his second straight game in double figures and fifth of the season.
He made a season-best three 3-point shots and has made two or more 3-pointers in three straight games.
Reid Travis tied season highs with 12 rebounds and two blocked shots, adding five points.
Calipari is now 287-67 at UK.
Calipari has a 732-207 all-time on-court record.
He is now 10 wins away from tying Joe B. Hall for the second-most victories by a UK head coach in program history.