LEXINGTON, Ky. — The final 4 instances that Vanderbilt has visited Kentucky, the Commodores teased followers by taking second-half leads solely to fade late and proceed a protracted shedding streak at Rupp Enviornment. On Tuesday, Davion Mintz hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to proceed that development as Vanderbilt fell 77-74 regardless of main all through a lot of the sport.
Trey Thomas and Maxwell Evans each received 3-point seems to tie the sport with seconds remaining, however Evans’ last try on the buzzer bounced thrice on the rim earlier than falling to the courtroom. Vanderbilt has now misplaced 13 straight video games at Rupp Enviornment with the final victory coming in 2007.
“I assumed our guys actually fought and competed,” Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse stated. “Issues we labored on this week, we actually introduced into the sport. I assumed the ball was actually popping within the first half, received us some actually attractiveness and alternatives. Second half, it was sticking perhaps just a bit bit, however I nonetheless thought we had been transferring it facet to facet and creating some alternatives. Simply on the finish, they made another shot than we did.”
Scotty Pippen Jr. scored 18 factors to go together with eight rebounds and eight assists, whereas Dylan Disu added 18 factors, 10 rebounds and two blocks earlier than fouling out late. Jordan Wright posted his greatest recreation of the season with 18 factors and Myles Stute scored 16 factors, however Vanderbilt could not management Kentucky middle Olivier Sarr, who scored 24 factors and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Commodores dedicated 26 fouls as Kentucky made 26 of 32 free throws. Pippen, Stute and Quentin Millora-Brown every completed the sport with 4 fouls, whereas Sarr made Vanderbilt pay on the line by changing 14 of 17 makes an attempt. Vanderbilt shot 14 free throws, which Stackhouse pointed to as a pure product of enjoying on the highway.
“There was a few defensive issues that we lacked on,” Pippen stated. “Ensuring we keep out of foul hassle, they sort of received away (from) us when it got here right down to these. One participant on their group shot greater than our complete group, so we have gotta make certain we play with out fouling.”
Kentucky initially jumped out to a modest lead, however Vanderbilt rapidly turned that round because it began heating up from 3-point vary. Pippen — who stated that Kentucky was his dream faculty and didn’t recruit him — managed the offense whereas Wright, Stute and Disu completed off performs because the ‘Dores prolonged their lead.
Wright capped the half along with his third made 3 in as many makes an attempt whereas his teammates jumped off their chairs to have fun. That put the ending touches on an 8 of 17 capturing efficiency from 3 within the first interval for Vanderbilt that included a protracted shot from Stute that bounced off the rim twice and in.
Kentucky instantly ripped off a 7-0 run out of halftime, and Vanderbilt’s offense sputtered because the 3-ball dried up. However Stute and Disu got here up massive with consecutive 3s late to tie the sport after the Wildcats had threatened to start out pulling away, and the Commodores hung within the recreation till the ultimate minute. Pippen stated that Mintz’s game-winning 3 got here on the identical motion that Kentucky damage Vanderbilt with final season, as Mintz broke free within the nook by way of an off-ball display screen.
“I assumed we had an excellent probability to get them tonight, however fortuitously we’ll see them once more at our place,” Stackhouse stated. “And hopefully that chip on (Pippen’s) shoulder might be even larger.”