Newcomer David Przybyszewski paced the Commodores by scoring 23 points and pulling down eight rebounds. The Polish sensation dazzled the tropical crowd by hitting 10 of 11 field goals, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range.
The Commodores raced off to a 53-35 halftime which included a 34-7 run in the last 10 minutes of the half.
The Pirates rallied in the second half and cut the lead to as little as five with 5 minutes remaining but good free throw shooting by the 'Dores late in the game preserved the win. Freshman Brian Thornton hit 9 of 12 free throws in the game after struggling from the charity stripe in earlier games.
Other scorers for Vandy include Matt Freije 20; Sam Howard 15; Chuck Moore 14; Brendan Plavich 12; Brian Thornton 9.
Vanderbilt out rebounded the Pirates 29-25 but lost the turnover battle 15-9.
Vandy will next face the Monmouth (NJ) Hawks who defeated the Akron Zips Friday evening, 64-61, at 6 PM CST on Saturday.