College Basketball Recap: Tennessee Volunteers 67, Vanderbilt Commodores 65

The Commodores fell 67-65 in the second round of the SEC tournament to Tennessee on Thursday.

Vanderbilt would take a 4-2 lead on a lay-up from Jeff Roberson but would trail for most of the remainder of the game.

The Commodores had an abysmal first half when they shot 1-of-13 from 3-point range while adding 11 personal fouls and scoring only 22 points.   Tennessee had 13 points off of turnovers and went into the locker room at halftime leading by 12.

After they trailed by double digits for the first 10 minutes of the second half, the 'Dores started to cut into the lead with a 3-pointer by Matthew Fisher-Davis that narrowed the deficit to eight.

Luke Kornet and Joe Toye hit back-to-back treys to bring it to a three-point ball game.  Toye nailed another from behind the arc to give Vanderbilt their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.

The two teams briefly traded leads with a monster dunk from Damian Jones after a great assist from Wade Baldwin IV.

Things looked grim with the 'Dores trailing by four points with 55 seconds remaining when Baldwin IV found Kornet for a 3-pointer.

After the Vols hit a pair of free throws, Baldwin IV found Fisher-Davis for another 3-pointer to make it a two point game with nine seconds remaining.

Tennessee went to the foul line and were able to get their own rebound to shoot another 1-for-1 with less than six seconds left.  

On the second free throw, Kornet got a rebound and passed it to Baldwin IV, who ran the full extent of the court before throwing up a lay-up to tie the game at 67.   After review, the lay-up was called no good as time expired just before he got the shot off.

Lately, the Commodores have not been listed as a team on the bubble but that could change if a few unlikely teams win their conference championship games.  Vanderbilt will have to wait to see if they make the cut on Selection Sunday.


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