Southeastern Conference

Another slow start doesn't derail Kentucky in win against Vanderbilt

Despite a stumbling start that fit the day’s depressing conditions, Kentucky righted itself and beat Vanderbilt 56-47.

On Friday, PJ Washington said the game would be a “big stepping stone” for Kentucky playing with seamless efficiency.

Vandy, which had struggled from three-point range, was already within one of the six threes (in 25 attempts) made in a loss at Georgia on Wednesday.

UK Coach John Calipari could not wait for the first television timeout to serve as a brake on Vanderbilt’s peel out of the gate.

Johnson did the honors with a three-pointer from the left corner, the same spot he missed from in the loss at Alabama seven days earlier.

Less than two minutes earlier than that, Vandy’s Matthew Moyer inadvertently elbowed Richards in the face as they were on the floor scrambling for a loose ball.

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