SEC Tournament semis: UK 69, Vanderbilt 56

Live courtside at Bridgestone Arena for the second Southeastern Conference semifinal game between No. 16 Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The winner of this game will meet fourth-ranked Tennessee, an 82-58 winner over Georgia in the first semifinal.

  • Sorry deadline writing to do. Cats up 66-54 with 14 seconds left. Game over.
  • This may not be over yet. With 4:40 to play Cats lead only 11 points 56-45.
  • Mathies has been sitting next to UK’s trainers for a long bit. She has been having back pain and is questionable to return. UK is up 55-40 with 5:09 to play.
  • Vanderbilt looks more like Vanderbilt early in the second half, but Cats still have a 44-20 advantage with 15:15 to play.
  • HALFTIME – UK 33, VANDERBILT 11: Cats surge out to a 22-2 lead to open the half and haven’t looked back. The 11 points by the Commodores is a season low for them in a half and a season low for a UK opponent in a half. Puleo’s three-pointer at the first half buzzer saved VU from having an SEC Tournament low for points in a half.
  • With 3:11 to play in the first half, UK has a 23-8 lead, but the Cats haven’t had a field goal in six minutes and 30 seconds. Vandy has 15 turnovers.
  • Vandy went nearly 10 minutes without scoring before Elan Brown’s putback with 9:18 to play. Cats still up 22-6 with 7:06 to play. Cats have scored 12 points off of 12 Commodores turnovers.
  • The UK lead balloons to 22-2 after back-to-back Dunlap buckets. Vanderbilt hasn’t scored in 10 minutes.
  • Kentucky has scored 18 straight and has an 18-2 run. Vanderbilt has turned the ball over 10 times in nine minutes.
  • UK seems quite focused with an 11-2 lead with 14:13 to play. Vandy has made just one of its five shot attempts.
  • Cats grab 7-2 lead in the first four minutes and Vandy coach calls a timeout to regroup. The Commodores have turned the ball over five times.

Starters:

  • Kentucky: Dunlap, Henderson, Mathies, Snowden, Pinkett
  • Vanderbilt: Tuomi, Clarke, Puleo, Lister, Rhoads

Notes:

  • UK won both regular-season matchups over the Commodores, a 78-68 win in Lexington and then an 80-71 victory at Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 20. That was UK’s first win at the Commodores’ home since 1986.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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