College Basketball Recap: Vanderbilt Commodores 90, LSU Tigers 82

The Commodores fell 90-82 in their SEC opener against the LSU Tigers on Saturday night at Memorial Gym.

Vanderbilt led 35-34 at halftime thanks to a phenomenal performance by Wade Baldwin IV who scored 11 points, including 6 of 6 on free throws--a place where the whole team excelled, hitting all 13 from the line in the first half.

Baldwin also led the team with four rebounds and three steals in the opening period.

LSU standout Ben Simmons kept it close for the Tigers with 18 points while hitting 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the opening half.

The troubling stat lines would again be rebounds and turnovers where the 'Dores would trail going into the second half while nursing their one point lead.

After a layup by Jeff Roberson, the Tigers responded with a layup by Elbert Robinson III, followed by a dunk by Simmons to take a 38-37 lead. 

The 'Dores would trail for the next five minutes before 3-pointers by Riley LaChance and Baldwin IV gave them a one-point lead with 14:19 remaining.

LSU responded with a 3-pointer by Keith Hornsby to give them a lead they would not release for the remainder of the game.  

Roberson would foul out with two minutes remaining with LaChance following suit in the waning seconds in a game where the Commodores were called for 25 fouls. 

The Tigers took advantage going 25 of 31 from the line (80.6 percent), while Simmons was 16 of 19 (84.21 percent) on free throws.  

The LSU star ended the night with 36 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.

On Tuesday, January 5th, the 'Dores take a trip to Arkansas to visit the 6-7 Razorbacks.

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