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College Basketball Notebook: Kentucky rallies from 14 down to beat Vanderbilt

Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans (0) dribbles the ball past Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. (2) during Tuesday night's game. Kentucky won 78-64. [AP Photo/Mark Zaleski]
Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans (0) dribbles the ball past Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. (2) during Tuesday night's game. Kentucky won 78-64. [AP Photo/Mark Zaleski]

Kentucky rallies from 14 down to beat Vanderbilt

Tyrese Maxey scored 25 points, and the 12th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats rallied from their biggest halftime deficit of the season to beat Vanderbilt 78-64 Tuesday night.

With the win, Kentucky (19-5, 9-2) keeps a piece of the lead atop the Southeastern Conference standings with Auburn and LSU. The Wildcats also won their eighth straight over Vanderbilt, though this was the fifth time in this streak that they've had to rally from a double-digit deficit. This time, they trailed by as much as 14 in the first half and were down 36-27 at halftime.

Immanuel Quickley also had 18 points, Nick Richards had 12 and Ashton Hagans finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds in coach John Calipari's 400th career game at Kentucky.

Vanderbilt (9-15, 1-10) was looking to make Kentucky the second straight ranked team to come into Memorial Gym and lose within the past week after the Commodores upset then-No. 18 LSU.

Kentucky looked like a different team in the second half. The Wildcats finally took their first lead on a Maxey layup with 11:16 left at 48-46 during a 24-4 run. Richards' dunk capped the spurt with Kentucky up 59-48 with 6:11 to go.

The Commodores pulled within 62-57 with 4:17 left. Quickley answered with consecutive 3s to push Kentucky's lead back to double digits.

NO. 6 DAYTON 81, RHODE ISLAND 67: Obi Toppin scored 22 points and led an opening 17-point spurt Tuesday night in a match-up of the the Atlantic 10's top teams. Both teams brought double-digit winning streaks into a chippy game that included seven technical fouls. Dayton (22-2, 11-0) got the better of it in every way, winning its 13th in a row. Rhode Island (18-6, 10-20) had a 10-game winning streak snapped.

NO. 9 MARYLAND 72, NEBRASKA 70: Jalen Smith had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Eric Ayala scored 16 and Maryland extended its winning streak to seven games to remain alone atop the Big Ten. After the Terrapins (20-4, 10-3) let a 14-point lead dwindle to 71-70, Smith blocked a shot in the waning seconds and made a free throw on the other end to clinch it.

NO. 13 PENN STATE 88, PURDUE 76: Mike Watkins matched his season high with 19 points, and Seth Lundy added a career-high 18 Tuesday to help Penn State rout Purdue. The Nittany Lions (19-5, 9-4 Big Ten) made a season-high 14 3-pointers for their seventh consecutive victory that also snapped g a nine-game losing streak in the series. It was Penn State's first win at Mackey Arena since Feb. 18, 2006.

MICHIGAN STATE 70, NO. 22 ILLINOIS 69: Xavier Tillman had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans, which led by 17 point at the half.

NO. 25 LSU 82, MISSOURI 78: Darius Days had 20 points and 10 rebounds for LSU which trailed by six points at the half.

TENNESSEE 82, ARKANSAS 61: Freshman Santiago Vescovi had 20 points and eight assists before fouling out to set career highs in both categories as the Volunteers trounced Arkansas.

WAKE FOREST 74, NORTH CAROLINA 57: Andrien White scored 15 points to help Wake Forest beat cold-shooting North Carolina.

Wire reports