LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jodie Meeks scored 21 points and Kentucky's defense suffocated Vanderbilt in a 70-60 victory in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools on Saturday.
Ramon Harris added 12 points and seven rebounds while making all five of his shots and the Wildcats (12-4, 1-0) held the Commodores (11-4, 0-1) to just 31.6 percent shooting (18 of 57) in snapping Vanderbilt's six-game winning streak.
Jermaine Beal led Vanderbilt with 18 points and Jeffery Taylor had 15 points and 11 rebounds, but the Commodores struggled without leading scorer A.J. Ogilvy. The sophomore dressed but watched the entire game from the bench after aggravating a heel injury on Friday.
The Wildcats took control during a 21-4 run early in the second half. The Commodores got as close as six in the final minute, but Kentucky made its free throws to avoid a late-game collapse.