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, on Tuesday night in Nashville, Tenn.
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.
No. 6 Dayton 81, Rhode Island 67 — At Dayton, Ohio: Obi Toppin scored 22 points and led an opening 17-point spurt as Dayton surged to a victory over Rhode Island.
No. 9 Maryland 72, Nebraska 70 — At College Park, Md.: Jalen Smith blocked a go-ahead layup attempt with 4 seconds left and was one of three Maryland players to record a double-double as the Terrapins held off Nebraska for their seventh straight win.
No. 13 Penn State 88, Purdue 76 — At West Lafayette, Ind.: Mike Watkins matched his season high with 19 points, and Seth Lundy added a career-high 18 to help Penn State rout Purdue.