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Vandy gives away opportunity in their home loss to Ole Miss

Vanderbilt had the chance to get back to .500 in SEC play on Saturday but a second half shooting display from Ole Miss and break downs on defense led the Commodores to defeat.

Vanderbilt led at halftime on Saturday and looked focused going after their 5th SEC win of the season. Things didn't work out for the Dores as they gave up 54 second half points to Ole Miss and eventually lost 81-74. 

Both teams in the 1st half struggled shooting the ball from deep going a combined 5 of 26 but consistent defense and rebounding had the Commodores in front headed into halftime. 

The Rebels came out to start the 2nd half focused and determined to turn the game into their favor. Ole Miss caught fire from the three point line and eventually pushed their lead to as much as 13.

The Commodores lost their focus and began to have break downs on defense, which led to open Ole Miss shooters and open lanes for their guards. At ease the Rebels were able to dictate everything on the offensive end of the court and the Vanderbilt defenders could not stop nor slow down Ole Miss from scoring. 

Vanderbilt was able to creep back into the game late by bringing the score closer at 68-65 but that's as close as things would get. 

Commodore turnovers and the Rebels excellent free throw shooting down the stretch, made sure the game stayed in the favor of Ole Miss as they defeated Vanderbilt by a seven point margin.

The biggest issue that Vanderbilt has had all season long has been their inconsistent defensive play. That became a problem again on Saturday. The first half defense for the Dores was pretty solid but adjustments by the Rebels at halftime and a less than spirited effort from Vandy, led to their demise yet again. 

Vanderbilt guards Riley LaChancePayton Willis and even Matthew Fisher-Davis had a hard time staying in front of the Ole Miss backcourt. 

Ole Miss guards Deandre Burnett and Terence Davis had an easy time in the 2nd half getting up shots as well as taking the Vanderbilt guards off the dribble. Both Burnett and Davis led the Rebels in scoring with 17 a piece. 

Senior forward Sebastian Saiz produced his 16th SEC leading double-double of the season with 10 points and 16 boards. 

Vanderbilt junior forward Jeff Roberson led everyone in scoring with 21 points along with having 7 rebounds. Senior center Luke Kornet had another solid game with 18 points and some key three point field goals made, just to keep the team within striking distance. 

The Commodores will hit the road on Tuesday night as they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to face off with the Razorbacks. Just two weeks ago, Vanderbilt squandered a double digit second half lead to the Hogs and eventually lost, 71-70. 

Tuesday's contest is set to tip-off at 7:30 pm Central and will air on the SEC Network. 

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