Vandy finally holds onto a lead

Last I looked the sky was not falling and there were no pigs flying outside the window, but something just about as unlikely happened on Saturday night in Nashville. Vanderbilt held a lead in SEC play and closed out Texas A&M 63-56. After suffering tough loss after tough loss throughout league play all season this win may give the 'Dore some much needed impetuous to finish out the season strongly.

Last I looked the sky was not falling and there were no pigs flying outside the window, but something just about as unlikely happened on Saturday night in Nashville. Vanderbilt held a lead in SEC play and closed out Texas A&M 63-56. After suffering tough loss after tough loss throughout league play all season this win may give the 'Dore some much needed impetuous to finish out the season strongly. Here are three reasons that this game had a different ending to those which came before. 1) Weathering the storm

In the games which Vandy have seen leads slip this year there has always been an air of inevitability about the result. The 'Dores would visibly fade as the contest went along and a gradual whittling away of the margin would ensue. In this game, however, the Commodores found some much needed resolve whenever it was needed.

The outcome of this was that at no point during the A&M comeback did the Aggies ever get the lead down below two scores. This was despite the fact that the Aggies outscored the Commodores 10-0 on second chance points in the second half. In a game where momentum means everything the 'Dores ability to just keep A&M out of range was the biggest key to victory as the game got hectic late.

2) Three point shooting

It is often said that if you live by the three you will die by the three, and Vanderbilt has had games this season where they can attest to this. On Saturday, however, the three ball was a friend to the black and gold as the team shot almost 50 percent (7-of-15) from behind the arc in the second half. Those extra points added up as the game wore on and a Rod Odom triple which sent the lead back to eight with 1:29 remaining was the final dagger in a furious A&M comeback attempt.

3) Late free throw shooting

Closing out the game became far easier after the aforementioned Odom three pointer, but the 'Dores still had to knock down a few free throws to make the game safe. Kyle Fuller went 4-6 from the line with less than a minute to go in the game and those four points were enough to keep the scoreboard ticking over and keep the Aggies at bay.

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