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No. 7 Kentucky 63, Vanderbilt 61

January 28, 1998

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Nazr Mohammad, who spent much of the game on the bench in foul trouble, flipped the ball in off the backboard as time expired to give No. 7 Kentucky a 63-61 victory over Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.

Drew Maddux hit a high-arching 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left, tying the game for the 13th time at 61-61. But Jeff Sheppard passed the ball to Mohammad in the forecourt. The 6-foot-10 junior center started to drive, looked at the clock and then flipped the ball in off the glass for the game-winning shot.

Referee Gerald Boudreaux called the shot good. Vanderbilt coach Jan van Breda Kolff walked over to the officials on the sideline and started complaining. Vandy players refused to leave the floor, and Maddux tossed the ball up in the air as the Wildcats headed for the locker room.

Kentucky (19-2, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) had a tough time in pulling out the victory over Vanderbilt (14-6, 3-4). The Wildcats never led by more than four points in a seesaw game where they swapped the lead 15 times.

Sheppard led Kentucky with 20 points, while Scott Padgett added 12 and Jamaal Magloire 11. Mohammad, who played only 16 minutes, finished with eight points.

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