By LARRY VAUGHT
Overcoming a 19-point first-half deficit told Isaiah Briscoe one thing about Kentucky.
“That we can handle adversity. This team has a lot of fight. Not one time in the huddle any of us ever thought that we were going to lose the game,” Briscoe said. “We kept our heads high.
“Coach kept on encouraging us and when it came down to the end, and it was time to really win, we all came together as a team.”
Kentucky came back from a 25-6 hole early to beat Vanderbilt 73-67 Tuesday night.
“I think you can credit the group collectively. As a team we did it together,” Briscoe said.
Kentucky missed 15 of its first 17 shots to fall into the early hole just like it had on Saturday against Florida.
“I don’t think we started off slow, but we were missing shots and they were making shots. That happens. We always told each other they’re not going to continue to make shots like this the whole game, just keep fighting, keep fighting and we came out with the win,” Briscoe said.
The UK sophomore said the team never felt it would lose and winning the way it did should help UK in postseason play.
“We’re going to play games in the SEC Tournament, the NCAA Tournament when a team comes out on fire (and) we’re down a quick 10, quick 12, maybe even 19 like today. It’s how we come back in the game and how we continue to fight. Our will to win showed tonight,” Briscoe said.