College Basketball Recap: Vanderbilt Commodores 88, Tennessee Volunteers 74

The Commodores continued their recent hot streak on the road at Tennessee with an 88-74 victory over the Vols on Wednesday night.

Like they've done in many games this season the 'Dores opened with a 3-pointer by Wade Baldwin IV.

Later, with Vandy up 17-12, Camron Justice came off the bench and dropped three consecutive 3-pointers to pull the 'Dores ahead by 12.

The Commodores nearly burned the house down behind the arc in the first half, shooting 10-for-22.  In contrast, the Vols made just 10 first half field goals total, while shooting 30.3 percent from the field.

Matthew Fisher-Davis was on absolute fire, shooting 5-for-8 from 3-point range, with 15 points and five rebounds at the end of the half.

After sitting on the bench for most of the first half due to foul trouble, the Commodores found Damian Jones down low for the second straight game after halftime with another angry dunk. 

On their next score, a heads up play on the inbound by Riley LaChance who found Luke Kornet across the court,  wide open for the second straight Vanderbilt dunk.  Kornet ended the night with 10 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

Things would start to get interesting around the time Jones fouled out on an offensive push off with 4:37 left on the clock.  

The Vols would narrow the lead to 16 after Vanderbilt went on a scoring drought with over three minutes without a field goal. 

The Commodore nation exhaled a sigh of relief after excellent ball movement found Baldwin IV in the corner for a wide-open trey to push their lead to 19.

Baldwin IV would lead Vanderbilt with a career-high 25 points while hitting 12-of-13 from the free throw line.

The 'Dores would dominate the Vols on a very quiet night from LaChance and Jones who combined for eight points, half of which coming from foul shots.

Vanderbilt's bench would come through huge, with big nights from Fisher-Davis who had 18 points, and a season-high, 12 points from Justice, who hit four 3-pointers.

Next up for the 'Dores is a visit to the Kentucky Wildcats (13-4, 3-2) who play at Arkansas on Thursday, January 21st.  Vanderbilt faces off with the Wildcats on Saturday, January 23rd.


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