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Vanderbilt shoots lights out in 1st half to win at Arkansas, 72-59

The Commodores shot well from deep and played possibly their best defensive game of the season in tonight's win over Arkansas. Vanderbilt shot over 50% from three and denied the Razorback guards paths to the goal as the Dores pulled off their 4th SEC road of the season.

After giving up a 15 point lead late in the second half to Arkansas in Nashville, Vanderbilt (12-12/5-6) had revenge on their mind as they went into Bud Walton Arena tonight and won, 72-59. 

From the opening tip, Vanderbilt caught the Hogs off guard and showed the home crowd that the Commodores came ready to play. The Dores jumped out to a 23-4 lead behind some excellent three point shooting. 

Commodores guard Riley LaChance set the tone early by draining three shots from deep and setting the offense up for success. It was a collective effort from the entire team as the Dores nailed 10 three point shots in the 1st half to take a 39-18 lead into the break. 

Arkansas (17-7/6-5) built a little comeback but Vanderbilt maintained their lead throughout the 2nd half. The Razorbacks would get as close as 13 points late in the 2nd half but the Dores hit their foul shots and controlled the basketball. 

The biggest key this season to any win for Vanderbilt has been knocking down their three's and playing great on the ball defense. Tonight was a display of exactly the recipe to victory for the Dores. Good spacing and passing on offense led to open shots and solid man to man defense on the Arkansas guards, kept them out of rhythm. 

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All this was done with the absence of Matthew Fisher-Davis. The junior guard was held back in Nashville due to disciplinary reasons. The team played well with without him, played together and picked up the scoring load left by Fisher-Davis.

The Commodores yet again had more than four players finish in double digit scoring. This time they had five, led by guard Nolan Cressler with his 13 points and 8 rebounds. 

LaChance, Jeff Roberson and Luke Kornet all finished with 12  points a piece while Joseph Toye chipped in 11 himself. Cressler and Roberson led the team in rebounding with 8 rebounds. 

Fayetteville native and Vanderbilt true freshman guard Payton Willis had a solid homecoming as he scored 8 points on the night along with 1 rebound while going 1 of 2 from three.

Senior guard Dusty Hannahs has been a terror for Vanderbilt this year. Tonight he led the Razorbacks in scoring with 24 points and seemed to be in the right spot all night for easy baskets. 

Vanderbilt remains on the road this week as this Saturday they travel back to the midwest region to face off with the Missouri Tigers. The game is set to tip at 2:00 pm Central and will be aired on the SEC Network. 

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