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Vanderbilt takes down Tennessee

696 days ago
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Wade Baldwin IV scored a career-high 25 points and Matthew Fisher-Davis added 18 off the bench Thursday night as Vanderbilt utilized a prohibitive edge from 3-point range in an 88-74 victory over Tennessee.

Vanderbilt (11-7, 3-3 SEC) outscored Tennessee 39-12 on 3-pointers, including a 30-0 margin in the first half. Vanderbilt was 13 of 33 from beyond the arc. Tennessee was 4 of 20 and missed its first nine attempts.

After losing its first three SEC games, Vanderbilt has won three straight to rejuvenate its NCAA Tournament hopes.

Kevin Punter Jr. scored 26 points to lead Tennessee (9-9, 2-4). Armani Moore added 14 points in his return to Tennessee's lineup after missing a game with an ankle injury. Robert Hubbs III had 10 points.

Luke Kornet had 10 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks for Vanderbilt. Camron Justice scored 12 points and Jeff Roberson added 11 with 10 boards.

Vanderbilt entered the night ranked fourth among all Division I teams in 3-point percentage defense (.275) and 14th in 3-point percentage (.409). So it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise when the Commodores seized control of the game by dominating Tennessee from the perimeter.

The Commodores led 44-23 at the intermission, which marked Tennessee's first halftime deficit in SEC competition this season. Vanderbilt shot 10 of 22 from beyond the arc in the first half while Tennessee was 0 of 5.

The Vols got Vanderbilt center Damian Jones in foul trouble but couldn't capitalize on the situation. Jones picked up his second foul less than eight minutes into the game and sat the rest of the first half, but Vanderbilt outscored Tennessee 30-15 during that stretch. Jones eventually fouled out with six points -- less than half his season average -- and seven rebounds.

Vanderbilt cooled off considerably down the stretch but still led by as many as 28 points during a second half that featured a combined 56 free-throw attempts.

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TIP-INS

Vanderbilt: The Commodores are now 9-0 when Luke Kornet attempts more two-point shots than 3-pointers. Kornet was 3 of 8 on Thursday and didn't attempt a single 3-pointer.

Tennessee; Vols coach Rick Barnes opted against wearing the orange blazer that Vols coaches often bring out for matchups with Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Barnes had indicated this week he probably wouldn't wear an orange blazer. Barnes said he didn't want to do something that might call attention to himself. Barnes added that he might wear an orange blazer if it was later auctioned off to benefit a charity.

UP NEXT

Vanderbilt: At No. 23 Kentucky on Saturday.

Tennessee: Hosts No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday.