College Basketball Recap: Vanderbilt Commodores 77, Texas A&M Aggies 60

The Commodores dominated the eighth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies in a 77-60 beatdown on Thursday night at Memorial Gym.

Vanderbilt got off to an excellent start on their first possession when Luke Kornet drained a 3-pointer.

After a steal by Kornet,  Wade Baldwin IV found Damian Jones who made a nice move inside for a bucket.  

Kornet dunked and a good defensive block by Jones led to a jumper by Baldwin IV.  After the Aggies missed a 3-pointer, Baldwin IV again found Jones down low for another basket to force a Texas A&M timeout.  Less than three minutes into the game with an 11-1 lead, things were already looking very bright for the 'Dores.

For a second time as the shot clock nearly expired, Jones found Kornet outside for a quick release 3-pointer that put the 'Dores up 14-1.

With some 3-point shooting of their own, the Aggies would claw their way back to narrow the lead to 18-17 before Jeff Roberson nailed a trey for the 'Dores. 

After another 3-pointer, A&M would tie the game at 23-23 and eventually take a four-point lead.  

The Commodores caught fire in the final five minutes, hitting 4-of-5 from behind the arc, one of which Baldwin IV drained with three seconds remaining in the half to go into the break up 40-33.

The 'Dores came out of the half shooting as well as they did in the first as Baldwin IV played outstanding commanding the offense with a team-high eight assists while second on the team with 17 points.

Twice Jeff Roberson helped Vandy reach their highest points lead of the night, once on a 3-pointer, and later a layup to put them up by 19 with 1:25 on the clock.  Roberson had a career-high 20 points and shot an amazing 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point land.

Jones added his fifth double-double of the season and tacked on a season-high five blocks.  Kornet's four 3-pointers were a season high and the big man added nine rebounds on 14 points.  Vanderbilt outrebounded the Aggies, 38-31 and shot 44.8 percent from 3-point range.   The 13 3-pointers tied a season-high set against Tennessee last month.

The 'Dores will get a short break before traveling to face the Ole Miss Rebels (14-8, 4-5) on Saturday, February 4th at 7:00 pm CT. 

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