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Vandy earns 2nd win of the year over A&M, 72-67

A slow start by Vanderbilt put them behind early but a barrage of three point shots brought them back and strong 2nd half play eventually earned them a victory over Texas A&M, 72-67. This was the Commodores 2nd win of the season over A&M as Vanderbilt won earlier this year in College Station. The Commodores now get back to .500 overall with a big game Saturday looming against South Carolina.

Coming off a poor performance last week against Missouri, Vanderbilt started off tonight's game vs. A&M like they were still stinging from the loss to the Tigers. Trailing 21-10 early in the 1st half, Vanderbilt began to wake up and they were awaken by their precision shooting from deep. 

The Commodores began to get hot from three which propelled them back into the game. Vanderbilt (13-13/6-7 SEC) and A&M would go back and forth for a few minutes before the Dores eventually took the lead into halftime, 35-34. 

Head coach Bryce Drew did a nice at halftime making adjustments, noticing that the double team used on defense wasn't working. He switched to a basic man on man defense in the 2nd half and it helped. The other thing that helped Vanderbilt in the 2nd half was the mindset of taking it to the rim and not settling for three point shots. 

An emphasis at getting the foul line and putting A&M into foul trouble was a good strategy and it worked. Vanderbilt was able to control the 2nd half pace and did well at keeping focused and now allowing anything the Aggies did well bother them.

It was a close game throughout the entire affair but they would remain that way down the stretch. Vanderbilt has had their struggles this year finishing off games but tonight, the Dores played tough and made winning plays that have been missing all season. 

The Aggies had a chance with less than 10 seconds remaining down three to tie the game but a missed shot by Tony Trocha-Morelos went far left. A&M would go on to foul Commodores guard Riley LaChance, where he nailed both foul shots and Vanderbilt would come away with the win. 

Vanderbilt guard Matthew Fisher-Davis led the Dores in scoring with 14 points but the star of the night had to go to Luke Kornet.

The senior center posted a double-double tonight with 12 points, 11 rebounds while also having 5 blocks. His stroke from deep may be off right now but his presence down low is most needed and tonight, he was on point. 

Texas A&M (13-12/5-8 SEC) had problems scoring tonight on Kornet. Aggies big man Tyler Davis was a beast down low tonight with 25 points and 6 rebounds but when matched up with Kornet, he had his struggles getting the ball over the length of the Commodores top shot blocker. 

The Aggies also sported a double-double player tonight with forward Robert Williams pitching in 13 points and 13 rebounds. 

Vanderbilt yet again had four players finish in double digit scoring. Fisher-Davis led with his 14 while LaChance and Kornet put in 12 a piece and sophomore guard Joe Toye pushed in 13. 

The Commodore remain in Nashville this weekend for a Saturday night home contest against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The game is set to tip-off at 7:30 pm central and air on the SEC Network. 

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