Ky. Struggles Minus Anderson

Posted: January 23, 1997

For Kentucky, life goes on without Derek Anderson, but not necessarily smoothly.

The third-ranked Wildcats struggled in the first half without Anderson, their leading scorer, then pulled away to a 58-46 victory over Vanderbilt last night at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum.

Allen Edwards replaced Anderson, who had knee surgery earlier in the day, and scored 16 points as Kentucky (17-2 overall, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) pulled itself together in the second half and rolled to its eighth consecutive win over Vanderbilt (11-6, 3-3).

``We weren't executing that well offensively. We were just taking the first shot,'' Edwards said. ``When we play defense like that, it makes up for a lot of things.''

``This game pleased me more than any this season because of the way we went after it,'' Wildcats coach Rick Pitino said. ``They know what it means to lose Derek Anderson. They know our back's to the wall right now.''

Scott Padgett also had 16 points for the Wildcats, while Billy Di

Spaltro led Vanderbilt with 16 points.

The Commodores have lost 11 of their last 12 games against Kentucky.

Anderson, who led the team at 18.6 points a game, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Saturday. The senior guard who helped Kentucky win the national championship last year is out for the season.

Team physician David Caborn said that his operation lasted 1 hour, 20 minutes, and that Anderson should be fully recovered by this summer. Anderson was due to be released today from the University of Kentucky hospital.

He already has begun physical therapy, Caborn said.

INDIANA: INJURED TO RETURN Andrae Patterson (dislocated kneecap), Indiana's leading scorer and rebounder, and freshman Larry Richardson (sprained shoulder) are expected to return to practice today. Neither player dressed for Tuesday night's 72-70 victory over Michigan.

WOMEN: ARENA WOES The NCAA wants a number of improvements at Cincinnati's 21-year-old Riverfront Coliseum in time for the women's Final Four, scheduled for March 28 to 30.

NCAA officials attended last Thursday's doubleheader featuring Cincinnati and Xavier and found bad plumbing, poor concession service, torn seats and faded paint.

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