College Basketball Recap: Ole Miss Rebels 85, Vanderbilt Commodores 78

The Vanderbilt Commodores failed to get past Ole Miss on the road 85-78 on Saturday night.

In what was probably the worst officiated game of the season in the SEC, Damian Jones, Jeff Roberson and Wade Baldwin IV all fouled out.   There were more ticky tacky and no calls than you could remember but the 'Dores did themselves no favors giving up 19 offensive rebounds that led to 25-second chance points.  There were 56 personal fouls called during the game. 

Following the game, an unhappy Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings commented on the flurry of fouls called on key Commodores.

“The foul trouble really affected us," said Stallings.  With our main guys, we were okay, but we had a lot of talent sitting on the bench with foul trouble tonight.”

The Commodores took control out of the gate by dishing it inside to Jones and Luke Kornet, who also nailed a 3-pointer for an 8-2 lead.  

Baldwin IV dropped a trey of his own before the Rebels took a 15-14 lead nearly six minutes into the game.  

Riley LaChance got in on the 3-point action to trade with Ole Miss.  A moment later, Roberson was forced to sit with his third foul barely a quarter of the way through the game.

Vanderbilt looked like they might be pulling away again after another 3-pointer from Kornet and Josh Henderson made back-to-back buckets for a 10-point cushion.

The Rebels would cut down the Vandy advantage after a pair of 3-pointers and LaChance was called for a foul on a 3-pointer to go into the half with a 39-37 lead.

Play nearly slowed to a halt in a second half as 35 personal fouls were called.

The two teams would trade the lead multiple times before Ole Miss went on a run to take a 9-point lead.  Vanderbilt suffered a blow when Damian Jones fouled out at the 8:05 mark.

It looked like the 'Dores might pull off an unlikely rally after a 3-pointer by Roberson but a Wade Baldwin IV driving layup led to pushing and shoving and eventually multiple technicals on both teams after a potential 3-point play. 

Nolan Cressler nailed a trey to reduce the deficit to one point but Roberson fouled out moments later.  The Rebels again pulled away in the final minutes and Baldwin IV received his fifth foul to make that three of Vanderbilt's top four scorers out in final crunch time.

Ole Miss hit their free throws to prevent Vanderbilt's late comeback attempt.

The Commodores return home to face the Missouri Tigers (8-15, 1-9) on Wednesday, February 10 at 8:00 PM CT.

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