Men's Hoops: LSU hammers Vandy, 79-60

The Vanderbilt Commodores lost their third consecutive game in ugly fashion, falling 79-60 to the LSU Tigers. The Tigers roared out to a 23-point halftime lead behind Collis Temple who had 19. The loss pushed the Commodores to below .500 (10-11) overall and a paltry 3-7 in the SEC.

A 3-pointer by Matt Freije put Vanderbilt up 8-7 with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. It would be the last time the Commodores would lead. Later, with 7:18 remaining in the half, LSU led 34-8 after a 27-0 run. The Tigers biggest lead was 40-12 with 4:22 remaining in the half.

In the second half the Commodores got more aggressive on both defense and offense and were able to cut the huge lead to 12 at 72-60 when Russell Lakey buried a 3-point shot. The Commodores, who were out-shot 52%-38% from field goal range, could not sustain the rally.

Other than Freije, who finished with 27, Vanderbilt had very little scoring production from its team. Brian Thornton finished with 12; Corey Smith 2; Jason Holerda 3; Russell Lakey 6; Mario Moore 4; Scott Hundley 2; and Julian Terrell 4. The Commodores were outrebounded 38-30 and had 18 turnovers to LSU's 16.

Things may only get worse for the struggling Commodores. Vanderbilt travels to Georgia on Saturday to face the Bulldogs. The Commodores defeated the Bulldogs 94-91 earlier in the season in Nashville in an upset win.

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