LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky freshman guard Jamal Murray came into Saturday's game at Vanderbilt on some kind of streak.
Murray had scored at least 20 points in his last seven games, dating back to Feb. 2. Not only did he make it eight games Saturday, but he did in just 17 minutes.
But even with Murray on that hot streak, he didn't get much help, as the No. 16 Wildcats lost their sixth SEC road game to Vanderbilt, 74-62.
UK held just a three-point lead at halftime despite Murray's 21 points, and the Commodores rode the momentum coming out of the locker room.
Vanderbilt took the lead early on in the half, and UK was reeling after senior forward Alex Poythress picked up his fourth foul with 15 minutes left.
The Wildcats had no offensive consistency. Poythress ultimately fouled out with more than eight minutes to go. He scored 0 points.
The foul trouble and lack of offense plagued UK down the stretch. In a hostile road environment, even Murray's hot streak couldn't be the Wildcats' singular source of offense.
In desperate need of a signature win to help their NCAA Tournament resume, the Commodores finished the game with relative ease in front of a ruckus crowd at Memorial Gymnasium.
Murray finished with 33 points and nine rebounds.
Sophomore guard Tyler Ulis shot just 5-20 from the field. Only four players scored for UK, which missed 11 of its last 12 shots to end the game.
The Wildcats have two days off before traveling to Florida for a 7 p.m. game on ESPN.
Sold out at Vandy. A lot of those tickets sold to UK fans. Could be 60-40 Cats fans. pic.twitter.com/yO3y2XqTgW— John Lewis WDRB (@JohnWDRB) February 27, 2016
With 11 NBA scouts watching, Kentucky's Jamal Murray has made seven of his first eight shots from a variety of distances. Lottery lock.— rickbozich (@rickbozich) February 27, 2016
Appears Dominique Hawkins just reinjured his ankle for Kentucky but Jamal Murray taking aim at 40. Has 29 with 11:50 to go.— rickbozich (@rickbozich) February 27, 2016
Jamal Murray has 29 for Kentucky with 11 minutes to play. Top performance in SEC league game this season is 36 by Ben Simmons.— rickbozich (@rickbozich) February 27, 2016
Alex Poythress just fouled out without scoring and three rebounds in 16 minutes. Vandy leads 65-56 6 1/2 to go.— rickbozich (@rickbozich) February 27, 2016
Vandy 67, Kentucky 60 with 5:17 to go. Marcus Lee is the only UK frontcourt player to score.— rickbozich (@rickbozich) February 27, 2016
John Calipari expecting court storm at Vandy. Sends all but five guys to locker room with 34 seconds to go— rickbozich (@rickbozich) February 27, 2016
Cal was right -- Vandy 74, Kentucky 62. Commodores will write check to SEC office. pic.twitter.com/vNytsPEkzZ— rickbozich (@rickbozich) February 27, 2016
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