Late Three By Mintz Lifts Kentucky Past Vanderbilt

hit a 3 in the final minute to help avoid the first three-game losing streak in history with a 77-74 victory over Vanderbilt.

With the game tied at 74 and leading scorer Olivier Sarr having fouled out, coach John Calipari drew up a play that got Mintz an open three in the corner with 47 seconds remaining. Sophomore forward blocked Vanderbilt’s attempt at an answer on the ensuing possession, and freshman forward grabbed the rebound to give the ball.

coach Jerry Stackhouse elected to have his team defend the length of the shot clock instead of sending to the line on the next possession. That strategy paid off with Mintz missing a jumper with just 13 seconds remaining in the game, but the Commodores were unable to convert two 3-point attempts that could have sent the game to overtime.

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