College Basketball Recap: South Carolina 69, Vanderbilt 65

The Vanderbilt Commodores lost to undefeated 22nd ranked South Carolina 69-65 on Saturday.

It was a familiar story with a different starting cast for the 'Dores who came out of the gates hot when Luke Kornet hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help jump out to an 8-0 lead.

Stallings moved sophomore Jeff Roberson into the starting lineup and it paid off in the initial minutes as he was awarded assists on both treys. 

The Commodores would lead by as much as eight points after a three-point play by Roberson and a Damian Jones dunk with 12 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Vanderbilt lead was narrowed to 38-35 in the end of a half that saw Riley LaChance catch fire scoring 13 points, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc.   

After the break, LaChance was held to just two points while shooting 1-for-6 from the field.

The 'Dores would lead for most of the second half but a nearly five-minute field goal drought would pull the Gamecocks ahead half way through the 2nd period.

The Commodores would also be without Matthew Fisher-Davis who played just seven minutes and returned from halftime with a boot on his foot.

After a Jones jumper with 9:35 remaining, Vanderbilt would go into another drought with no bucket from the field until a layup by LaChance with two seconds remaining in the game.

Jones would foul out on a questionable personal foul away from the ball at the 6:37 mark.  He ended the day shooting 5-for-6 from field goal range, with 12 points and six rebounds. 

 The 'Dores shot a paltry 22.2 percent in the second half and missed all nine of their 3-point attempts. 

Vanderbilt will return home to Nashville to face the (7-7, 1-2 SEC) Auburn Tigers on Tuesday, January 12th.

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