South Carolina at Kentucky
Men’s Basketball Post-Game Notes
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., February 20, 2013
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 74, Vanderbilt 70
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 18-8 overall, 9-4 in the Southeastern Conference.
Vanderbilt is 10-15 overall, 4-9 in the league.
Kentucky leads the series 138-45. UK leads 77-14 in games played in Lexington.
Kentucky continues its three-game homestand Saturday as the Wildcats host Missouri and ESPN GameDay. The game is set for a 9 p.m. start.
Kentucky started with the lineup of Ryan Harrow, Julius Mays, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein for the first time this season.
Kentucky went ahead 8-6 on a layup by Ryan Harrow and never trailed again.
Leading 10-9, Kentucky went on a 13-0 run for a 23-9 lead.
UK went into halftime with a 42-34 lead. UK is 17-1 this season when ahead at intermission. Cauley-Stein had 12 points in the first half, just two away from his career high. Goodwin also had 12, his first double-figure outing in four games.
Kentucky stretched the lead to 58-45 with 9:03 to play before VU went on a 10-0 run to slice the margin to 58-55.
Poythress responded with a dunk and free throw to make it 61-55 but VU got a couple of buckets from Josh Henderson to make it 61-59.
At that point, Julius Mays made a series of big plays, helping account for eight of UK’s last 13 points.
He blunted the momentum with a three at the 3:23 mark, his second longball this half with the shot clock near expiration, to make it 64-59.
On the next possession, he tossed a lob for a Cauley-Stein dunk to make it 66-60.
He made three of four foul shots in the final minute.
As a team, UK made six of eight foul shots in the last minute of the game to keep VU at bay.
Kentucky shot 51.8 percent from the field and the Wildcats are 9-0 this season when making at least half their shots.
UK won points in the paint 38-24.
Willie Cauley-Stein scored a career-high 20 points, adding seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Tied his previous career best (14) on the first possession of the second half.
Made his first six field-goal attempts and finished 8 of 10 from the field.
He has eight double-figure scoring games this season, including four of the last five.
First Wildcat to reach 20 points since Goodwin and Wiltjer each did so at Ole Miss.
Archie Goodwin notched 16 points, six rebounds and three assists.
His 18th double-figure scoring game of the season.
Ryan Harrow totaled 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers.
UK is 9-0 this season when Harrow has at least four assists.
Julius Mays had nine points, six rebounds and six assists.
Has made a three in 15-straight games.
Has made at least two threes in six-straight games.
UK is 4-0 when he has six or more rebounds.
UK is 5-0 when he has five or more assists.
Jarrod Polson had three points, three rebounds and an assist.
Has made a 3-pointer in four-straight games.