Vanderbilt NIT run ends

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Anthony Brown scored a season-high 26 points and dealt a hard hit that sent 7-footer Luke Kornet to the locker room with a concussion midway through the second half, and Stanford held off Vanderbilt 78-75 on Tuesday night for a berth in the NIT semifinals.

Freshman Matthew Fisher-Davis hit a 3-pointer with 28.8 seconds remaining to pull Vanderbilt within 77-75 but missed a long 3 under pressure from well beyond the arc in the waning seconds.

Marcus Allen missed his first free throw with 22.3 seconds to go, giving the Commodores a chance to tie.

Fisher-Davis scored 18 points with a season-best six 3-pointers for Vandy (21-14) in a testy, physical game that featured flying elbows.

Stanford (22-13) will face the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal game between Old Dominion and Murray State in the semifinals next week at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Cardinal won the NIT in 1991 and 2012.

Chasson Randle hit a 3 with 1:16 left on the way to 16 points two days after a career-high 35-point performance in a second-round win against Rhode Island. Randle moved into second place on Stanford's career scoring list, but will have a good chance to become the program's leader in his next game.

Stefan Nastic added 12 points and seven rebounds for Stanford and scored a key basket with 5:30 to play that ended a stretch of five missed field goals in a span of 6-plus minutes without a basket.

With 12:40 left, Fisher-Davis was whistled for a flagrant foul when he threw an arm up into Allen's face that sent him awkwardly backward. Then at the 11:01 mark, Brown was hit with his own flagrant after he clobbered Kornet with an elbow to the face and the dazed sophomore forward had to be helped to the locker room as he struggled to walk straight. He didn't return.

It has been a whirlwind week for the Commodores, who showed few signs of being wiped out from two games in the Bay Area in a six-day span. They won at Saint Mary's College in Moraga on March 18, then topped South Dakota State at home two days later before making another long trek out West.

Vanderbilt, the Southeastern Conference's top 3-point shooting team this season, knocked down 12 of 25 3s and kept it close late from long range.

Damian Jones, averaging a team-high 18.7 points in his three previous games for Vanderbilt, was held to eight points as the teams met for the first time since Dec. 30, 1988, in Nashville. Top Stories