Down 46-31 early in the second half, the Big Orange took advantage of a technical foul on Vandy to make a 7-0 run and pull within eight points (46-38) with 15:42 to go. That would be Tennessee's last hurrah, however.
Corey Smith, Mario Moore and 7-foot-2 Dawid Przybyszewski hit 3-pointers to open Vandy's rally. After Chattanooga native Jason Holwerda hit a pair of layups, Przybyszewski nailed another 3 to cap a 19-8 spurt that produced a 65-46 lead with 9:40 to play.
Alex Gordon drained Vandy's 18th and final 3-pointer with 2:00 left, boosting the lead to 82-59. Gordon hit an uncontested layup with 12 seconds remaining to secure the final margin and give the Commodores' their biggest lead of the game.
The win -- Vandy's first on the road in five tries this season -- boosts the Commodores' record to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in SEC play. Tennessee slips to 8-6 and 1-1.
Mario Moore had 18 points, Przbyszewski 17, Smith 15 and Holwerda 10 for Vanderbilt. With the 'Dores shutting down UT's inside game, guards Scooter McFadgon (17 points) and C.J. Watson (16) did the bulk of the scoring for Tennessee.
A smothering Vandy defense completely stifled Tennessee in the first half. The Vols sank just two of their first 11 field goal tries as the Commodores raced to an 13-4 lead.
A 3-pointer by Shaun Foster widened the gap to 11 (18-7) with 10:51 left in the half. A layup by Julian Terrell boosted the lead to 12 (21-9) with 9:40 left and a 3-pointer by Przybyszewski moved the margin to 13 (24-11) moments later.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Moore and Shaun Foster gave Vandy its biggest lead of the half at 16 points -- 30-14 -- with 6:12 left in the half. Just when it appeared the Commodores were going to run the Vols off the court, Tennessee began to chip away at the lead.
Chris Lofton and Watson hit 3-pointers as the Vols closed to 32-21. McFadgon nailed another 3 with just six seconds left to intermission, enabling Tennessee to pull within 10 points (38-28) by the break.
Vandy was 14 of 29 (49 percent) for the half, while Tennessee was just 8 of 24 (33 percent).
The Commodores double-teamed Brandon Crump, limiting the 6-foot-10 Vol center to one field goal attempt in the first half. He missed it, finishing the first 20 minutes with zero points and zero rebounds.