Vanderbilt Commodores defeat Western Michigan Blazers 86-61

Five Commodores scored in double digits as Vanderbilt defeated Western Michigan 86-61 on Wednesday night.

Vanderbilt's Wade Baldwin IV and Jeff Roberson tallied double-doubles in the first time two 'Dores had accomplished the feat this season.  Five Vandy players scored in double digits with Riley LaChance (14) reaching a new career-high, and Nolan Cressler (14) tying a career-high in just 16 minutes off the bench.  

The Commodores trailed 4-2 for 29 seconds before Damian Jones scored his second bucket of the night.  22 seconds later, Matthew Fisher-Davis hit a three that would give Vandy a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.  Fisher-Davis would total nine points, hitting 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. 

The 'Dores would lead by as much as 15 points with five minutes remaining in the first half before the Broncos chipped away at the lead to bring the total to 37-28 going into halftime.  Vanderbilt hit 6-of-18 or 33.3 percent of 3-point attempts in the first half, the same percentage that Western Michigan shot from the field.

The Commodores increased their lead in the second half when freshman Joe Toye scored on back-to-back dunks to grant a 17-point cushion.   'Dore fans were also happy to see freshman Camron Justice who scored three points return after he missed the five prior games with a groin injury.  

Vanderbilt continued to pull away until the end of regulation as a Cressler 3-pointer, which he followed up with a dunk would put an exclamation point on the Vanderbilt victory.  Damian Jones surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his career, finishing with 13 points and five rebounds.  Another welcome sight before the 'Dores head into conference play is the season-high 22 assists they notched in the contest.  

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings was happy with his team's final performance heading into conference play.

I liked our look on offense tonight. I felt we, for the first time in a long time, shared the ball with purpose and really shared it on time, and I felt Wade was terrific in transition. His ability to get down and beat the defense before it got set was impressive. His passes, 10 assists and one turnover and the one turnover actually got deflected out of bounds, they called it out on him but they reached around behind him and knocked it out of bounds--for me he had no turnovers. I liked our look tonight. I thought we played with good purpose.

Vanderbilt will start SEC play on Saturday, January 2 at Memorial Gym against LSU (7-5) and the possible 2016 first draft pick Ben Simmons.


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