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January 11, 2014
Depleted Dores dropped by UK
NASHVILLE, TENN -- Playing with just seven scholarship student athletes, Vanderbilt (8-6, 0-2) was hopelessly out-manned against the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats (12-3, 2-0). But instead of wilting, the Commodores played the Cats to the final bell, finally falling 71-62 at Memorial Gym in Nashville.
UK had numbers, but almost all of them are newcomers to college hoops. Kentucky head coach John Calipari has nine freshmen on the roster, and it showed for most of the contest.
Regardless, Kentucky had immensely more size and athleticism in the paint, resulting in a 41-28 rebounding edge.
VU 6-foot-9 freshman Damian Jones had a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Fuller had 17 points and 10 assists, and Dai-Jon Parker added 17. Both Fuller and Parker played the entire 40 minutes of the game. Jones played 36.
"They attack offensive rebounds," said Stallings. "Randle is a great offensive rebounder. I thought Cauley-Stein played well for them. Sometimes you watch film, and there's a guy who stands out who you like. He's that player. You don't have to make plays for him, and he'll still get you good production. They're a great offensive rebounding team."
Junior Cauley-Stein scored 15 for Kentucky, while Aaron Harrison added 14 and Andrew Harrison 10.
Vanderbilt plays Missouri this Thursday in Nashville.