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Vanderbilt tops Mississippi, 86-77

3200 days ago
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- Riley LaChance scored 19 points and added eight assists to lead Vanderbilt past Mississippi 86-77 on Saturday night.

The Commodores (19-12, 9-9 Southeastern Conference) continued their late-season surge, winning a fifth straight game. They won this one mostly thanks to fantastic outside shooting -- including a 56.5 percent mark from 3-point range.

Vanderbilt's 13 3-pointers tied a season high. Five Commodores scored in double figures, including Wade Baldwin IV, who added 15.

It was a costly loss for Ole Miss (20-11, 11-7), which dropped all the way from a potential No. 3 seed in next week's SEC tournament to No. 6. The Rebels struggled on defense the entire night, allowing the Commodores constant open looks from 3-point range.

M.J. Rhett led Ole Miss with 18 points while Jarvis Summers added 16. The Rebels have lost three of four games.

It was a brutal Senior Night for the Rebels. Ole Miss honored five seniors before the game -- including Rhett, Summers, LaDarius White, Aaron Jones and Terence Smith -- but that's when the good times ended.

Vanderbilt jumped out to a 46-33 lead by halftime after shooting 9 of 15 from 3-point range.

The shooting display wasn't totally unexpected. The Commodores came into the game leading the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage (38.6 percent) and converted time and again on Saturday when left open from beyond the arc.

On top of that, Vanderbilt had a little good fortune when Baldwin banked in a 25-foot 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to give the Commodores their 13-point halftime advantage. Matthew Fisher-Davis led Vanderbilt with 11 first-half points and finished with 14.

The second half wasn't much different. LaChance drained his fifth 3-pointer of the night with a little more than 13 minutes remaining to give the Commodores a 69-52 that was never seriously threatened.

Vanderbilt shot 30 of 55 (54.5 percent) from the field.



Ole Miss: Ole Miss has a 7-2 record on Senior Day under Kennedy. ... The loss snapped a four-game winning streak against the Commodores.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores have shot 55 of 108 (51 percent) from 3-point range during their 5-game winning streak. ... Stallings has 311 career wins at Vanderbilt. Only Florida's Billy Donovan has more among active SEC coaches.


Vanderbilt will be the No. 7 seed in next week's SEC tournament.

Ole Miss will be the No. 6 seed in next week's SEC tournament.