Ice cold Vanderbilt falls, 84-57

KNOXVILLE-- Wayne Chism scored 17 points for Tennessee as the Vols routed Vanderbilt, 84-57. The loss avenged an earlier 82-81 Commodore victory in Nashville. Vanderbilt struggled offensively throughout the game, managing to make just 29.8 percent from the field (17-57) and 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from behind the 3-point arc.

It was all Tennessee in the first half. The Vols raced out to a 13-0 lead before Shan Foster's jumper finally put the Commodores on the board with 15:37 remaining in the half. Vanderbilt, plagued by poor shooting and and sloppy defense, saw the Tennessee lead swell to 31-14 after a JaJuan Smith basket with 6:17 remaining in the half. A Ramar Smith 3-point play pushed the Vol lead to 36-18 and the Commodores went on to trail 42-21 at the half.

Vanderbilt pulled to within 17 at 44-27 on a Dan Cage technical foul shot with 17:50 remaining in the game. The technical foul was called on Chism for making un sportsmanlike comments after a battle with Ross Neltner for a loose ball. Chism responded by drilling a 3-pointer moments later to put Tennessee up 56-28 with 12:20 remaining. A Dan Cage 3-pointer pulled Vandy to within 22 at 65-43 with 7 minutes remaining but Tennessee responded with a Chris Lofton 3 to put the Vols back up 70-43 with 6:04 remaining.

Tennessee shot a blistering 12 of 25 from 3-point land for the Vols. The Vol's Jordan Howell, JuJuan Smith, and Chism combined to make 9 of 15 threes.

Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Shan Foster and Ross Neltner who each had 15.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings was greeted with a chorus of boos when he entered the arena at the start of the game. Stallings playfully waved at the crowd and then was warmly received by an orange blazer adorned Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl.

A somber Stallings gave all the credit to Tennessee after the game, "They played great. That's the story of the day. They came out and made shots and hit us right away. We didn't respond as well as I thought we would. You have to give them a lot of credit. They had answers at every turn, their defense was good, they were good on the boards and their offense was good. We just got outplayed," said the eighth-year head coach.

The loss dropped Vanderbilt to 16-8 (6-4 SEC). Vanderbilt will host South Carolina on Wednesday night. Tennessee improved to 17-8 (5-5 SEC) and will host Kentucky on Tuesday. The Vols improved their lead to 105-66 in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1920s.

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