COL BKB: Kentucky 68, Vanderbilt 66

March 1, 2011 at 11:47 PM
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LEXINGTON, Ky., March 1 (UPI) -- Brandon Knight scored 17 points Tuesday to lead No. 23 Kentucky to a 68-66 win over No. 20 Vanderbilt for the Wildcats 34th straight home court win.

Terrence Jones had 15 points for Kentucky (21-8, 9-6 SEC), which have won four of its last five games but needed every bit of padding from a 40-point first half to hold off the Commodores (21-8, 9-6) down the stretch.

Kentucky led 40-29 at halftime but Vanderbilt went on a 13-2 run in the second half that cut the advantage to 57-56 with 7:56 to play.

Knight hit four clutch free throws and Jones sank three in the final 1:36 to hold on to the lead while Vanderbilt scored 3 points in the final 9 seconds.

Festus Ezeli led Vanderbilt with 22 points and 13 rebounds. John Jenkins chipped in with 16.

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