Kentucky hands Vandy first loss
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"I knew it would be a real battle,"
"I've just been trying to crash the boards and become more aggressive offensively," Azubuike said.
A four-point play by
Still, the Wildcats mounted an 11-2 run to pull away. A layup by Hawkins, with 3:26 to play, pushed their lead to 68-57 and the Commodores never threatened again.
"We turned our defensive pressure up and took care of the ball," Smith said. "We made our free throws and got great play out of our bench."
The Wildcats took an early 13-3 lead. A layup by Hawkins 7:17 into the first half capped the run. A three-pointer by Fitch midway through the half opened a 22-8 edge for
Four straight points by Hundley capped a 6-0 flurry by
Two foul shots by Hawkins 54 seconds later put the Wildcats ahead 31-22.
But the Commodores got within 34-32 at halftime. Moore scored the final four points to cap their 10-3 run.