Despite trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats (16-4, 6-1) found a way to survive the last place Vanderbilt Commodores (8-11, 0-7) with a 71-62 victory.
It was an ugly start for the Wildcats who trailed 35-28 at halftime and then fell behind by double-digits early in the second half, but a 22-11 UK run erased the lead allowing the Wildcats to seize control.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures as Tyrese Maxey led the way with 17 points, Ashton Hagans scored 12, Immanuel Quickley added 11 and Nick Richards finished with a double-double by scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds despite just 22 minutes of action.
Vanderbilt was led by Saben Lee, who led all scorers with 21 points while Dylan Disu (13), Scotty Pippen Jr (12) and Maxwell Evans (10) all scored in double figures.
The Commodores have now lost 25 straight conference games with their last victory coming on Mar. 3 of 2018 (Ole Miss).
Kentucky and Vanderbilt will meet again in 13 days when the Cats travel to Nashville.
Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to the plains for a showdown with the No. 17 Auburn Tigers Saturday at 6 p.m. EST.