College Basketball Recap: Vanderbilt 75, Auburn 57

The Commodores defeated the Auburn Tigers 75-57 on Tuesday night at Memorial Gym to improve to 9-7 (1-3 SEC).

Vanderbilt jumped out to an early lead on 3-pointers by Riley LaChance and Luke Kornet who would be far from finished for the night.

Jeff Roberson would hit another trey to extend the lead to 11 less than three minutes into play but the Tigers would claw back on a 9-0 run to pull within two. 

Vanderbilt would answer back on an 8-0 run capped off by back-to-back dunks by Damian Jones and Roberson.

Riley LaChance would get hot from behind the arc and the 'Dores would further extend their first half lead, while shooting an excellent 6-of-8 from 3-point range to go into halftime up 22-39.

The most exciting moment of the night may have come with the crowd repeatedly cheering "Luke" for the big man knowing he needed two more points for a triple-double.  Kornet went to the free throw line, only hitting one of two attempts.  Later, with the "Luke" cheers continuing and the pressure mounting, he was sent to the line a second time.  He missed the first and the second was off as well but was rebounded by Nolan Cressler and tipped back to Kornet who made a lay-up for the second triple-double in Vanderbilt history.

Kornet was subbed out with 11 points, 10 blocks and 11 rebounds, the first triple-double in Vanderbilt history since Brad Tinsley did it in the 2010 opener against Presbyterian.  

The Commodores nearly had a second triple-double by Wade Baldwin IV, who ended the night with a 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. 

Roberson had a fine game with 14 points while LaChance ended the night with 13.

Vanderbilt will try to get its second conference win at home on Saturday, January 16th against the (9-5, 0-2) Alabama Crimson Tide.


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