Road warriors! VU 3-point barrage buries UT, 88-63

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- Vanderbilt set school records for 3-pointers made Saturday, and came away from cavernous Thompson-Boling Arena with its seventh straight win. The Commodores (11-4, 2-0) blistered Tennessee (8-6, 1-1) for 18 treys en route to an easy 88-63 win, their first road win of the season.

Vanderbilt set another school record with 31 assists. Point guard Mario Moore led the way with 18 points and 7 assists. Corey Smith added 15 points, Dawid Przybyszewski had 13 (on 4-of-5 3-pointers), and Jason Holwerda had 10 points and 7 assists.

In an unusual start, Vanderbilt's Mario Moore shot two technical foul attempts after the Vols were called for dunking in warm-ups. Moore made one of two shots to give Vanderbilt a 1-0 lead before the start of the game.

After a 3-point less first few minutes, freshman Shan Foster started the barrage when he connected from beyond the arc with 14:16 remaining in the half to give Vanderbilt a 10-4 lead. Moments later, fellow freshman Alex Gordon connected a three of his own to put Vanderbilt up 13-4.

Red-hot shooting and good offensive rebounding helped the Commodores to build on their lead. Shan Foster connected with another 3-point shot to extend Vandy's lead to 18-7 with 11:31 remaining in the half. Foster would go on to score 9 points, all in the first half.

Dawid Przybyszewski got his own three with 8:20 remaining to put Vanderbilt up by 13 at 24-11. The senior Przybyszewski made 4 of 5 of his 3-point attempts and scored 13 points.

Fouls began to build on Vanderbilt but didn't seem to bother the Commodores. Despite committing 11 first half fouls to the Vols 4, Vanderbilt was able to go to the locker room with a comfortable 38-28 lead.

In the second half, Vanderbilt guard Mario Moore made a quick 3-point shot to put Vanderbilt up by 13, 41-28. Moore had an outstanding night for Vandy, making 5 of 12 of his 3-point shots and scoring 18 for the Commodores.

Tennessee pulled back to within 8 at 46-34 after Ted Schukas was called for a technical foul for shoving an opposing player. The Vols Chris Lofton made one of two free throws and then made a jump shot on the in bounds play. Vanderbilt answered with another Mario Moore 3-point shot to put the Commodore lead back in double digits.

Dawid Przybyszewski made two more threes in a one-minute period to put Vanderbilt up 68-49 with just under nine minutes remaining in the game.

Indianan Dan Cage got into the 3-point scoring mix with 3:43 remaining in the game. His shot gave the Commodores a 77-59 lead. Cage finished with 9 points.

Freshman Alex Gordon put the Commodores up by 23 with his 3-point shot with just over two minutes remaining. Later, a Gordon jumper with seconds remaining put Vanderbilt up by 25 at 88-63, the Commodores biggest lead of the game. Gordon scored 8 points on the night and made a healthy 2 of 4 of his 3-point attempts.

Other notable scorers for Vanderbilt include Corey Smith 15 and Jason Holwerda 10. Smith finished with 9 rebounds and was 3 of 5 on his 3-point attempts. The Vols were led in scoring by Scooter McFadgon with 17. C.J. Watson added 16 for Tennessee.

Vanderbilt improves to 11-4 (2-0 SEC) with the win. The Commodores travel to Kentucky next. Tennessee falls to 8-6 (1-1 SEC).

Photos by AP's Wade Payne.

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