Tigers Fall To Vandy 78-75 On The Road

On Thursday in Nashville, the Vanderbilt Commodores (9-6, 1-2 SEC) defeated the Missouri Tigers (13-3, 1-2 SEC) by the final score of 78-75.

On Thursday in Nashville, the Vanderbilt Commodores (9-6, 1-2 SEC) defeated the Missouri Tigers (13-3, 1-2 SEC) by the final score of 78-75.

Missouri allowed Vanderbilt to turn the game into a 3-PT shooting contest, which was to Vandy's advantage, as the Commodores out-shot the Tigers 38% to 26%, and outscored Mizzou 36 to 18, from behind the arc.

Vanderbilt played a smarter game on both ends of the floor.

For Missouri, Jabari Brown kept it close with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 4-of-7 from 3-PT land. Jordan Clarkson posted 18 points, but it took him 18 shots, many of them forced, to get there.

"You've got to execute," lamented Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith, following his team's poor showing. "We played a team like Vanderbilt that's going to execute. We've got to execute."

As the game got underway, Missouri ignored my advice and allowed Vanderbilt wide-open 3-PT shots, which the Commodores converted and turned into a 17-5 lead with 15:57 remaining in the 1st half.

Missouri fought their way back into the game, and when Wes Clark found a wide-open Jabari Brown for a three in transition, the Tigers had narrowed Vandy's lead to 21-19 with 9:11 remaining in the 1st half.

From there, the two teams traded runs, and then Vanderbilt extended their lead to close out the half. Vanderbilt shot 47% from behind the 3-PT line in the 1st half and took a 39-32 lead into the locker room at the half.

Four of Missouri's five big men went to the halftime locker room with at least 2 fouls. In the end, however, that wasn't really a factor in the outcome.

Missouri opened the 2nd half on an 8-0 run to take their first lead, 40-39, with 17:38 remaining, since the game's opening minutes.

But Vanderbilt reclaimed the lead. By midway through the 2nd half, two of Vandy's starters, James Siakam and Damian Jones, had each picked up their 4th foul. Yet, Vanderbilt held a 58-53 lead with 7:00 remaining in the game.

But Missouri continued to leave Rod Odom and Kyle Fuller open from behind the arc, and the Tigers were never able to pull any closer than the final score. Odom finished 6-of-13 from behind the arc, and led Vanderbilt with 24 points. Fuller scored 22 points, as he was 4-of-11 from 3-PT land, and he made 6-of-7 from the FT line to seal the deal.

"We had so many opportunities to win this game with the little things, you know, making layups, and blocking out," said Coach Haith. "And, that's something that we've got to get back to."

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