Vanderbilt shocks Kentucky 71-64 in SEC tournament final

Vanderbilt shocks Kentucky 71-64 in SEC tournament final

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 11: Jeffery Taylor #44 of the Vanderbilt Commodores shoots against Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the championship game of the 2012 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 11, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 11 at 3:55 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

NEW ORLEANS — Kentucky hadn’t lost since Dec. 11.

Now a two-game slide would be devastating.

Vanderbilt overthrew league royalty Sunday, stopping Kentucky’s 24-game winning streak with a 71-64 win.

It’s the Commodores’ first SEC tournament title since 1951, when Vanderbilt topped the Wildcats as well.

Both teams’ next game will be in the NCAA tournament, where one loss ends the season.

Jeffrey Taylor led Vanderbilt with 18 points, Festus Ezeli and John Jenkins added 17 points each and the Commodores (24-10) shot 43.1 percent for the game.

But it was Kentucky’s lack of offense down the stretch that sent the Wildcats (32-2) to just their second loss.

Kentucky shot just 31 percent in the second half, failing to make a basket in the final 8:03 of the game.

Vanderbilt ended the game on a 16-2 run.

The game turned with 5:08 to play. Jenkins was fouled by Doron Lamb from outside the 3-point line. He hit 2 of 3, starting a stretch where the Commodores outscored Kentucky 10-0.

Darius Miller led Kentucky with 16 points, Terrence Jones added 12 and 11 rebounds and Anthony Davis recorded 12 and 10 rebounds.
 

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