Davis shines, No. 1 Kentucky tops Vandy, 83-74

February 25, 2012 - 3:36 PM
Vanderbilt Kentucky Basketball

Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, left, shoots next to Vanderbilt's Festus Ezeli during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Freshman Anthony Davis scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-11 shooting, and No. 1 Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 83-74 on Saturday to win the Southeastern Conference regular season title for the 45th time.

The Wildcats (28-1, 14-0) have won 51 straight at home and are on a 20-game winning streak overall. But Kentucky trailed at halftime and needed a late surge to put away the scrappy Commodores.

Davis, who had 11 rebounds and five blocks, hit an 18-foot jumper as the shot clock expired with 1:06 left. Terrence Jones added a dunk, and Davis blocked Lance Goulbourne's shot with 31 seconds to go to put the game away.

Jeffery Taylor scored 19 points for Vanderbilt (20-9, 9-5), and John Jenkins added 15 of his 18 points in the second half.