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Vanderbilt knocks off No. 8 Texas A&M

1765 days ago
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeff Roberson scored a career-high 20 points to help Vanderbilt upset No. 8 Texas A&M 77-60 on Thursday night for the Commodores' first win over a ranked team in four years.

Vanderbilt (13-9, 5-4 SEC) had lost its previous 13 games against ranked opponents, including six this season. The Commodores last win over a ranked opponent was in 2012 when it upset No. 1 Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference tournament final.

Texas A&M (18-4, 7-2) lost for the second time in three games, including a 74-71 defeat at Arkansas on Jan. 27.

Wade Baldwin IV had 17 points, Luke Kornet 14 and Damian Jones 13 for Vanderbilt, which tied its season high with 13 3-pointers.

Tonny Trocha-Morelos led the Aggies with 13 points. Alex Caruso added 11 points. Danuel House scored 10. Jalen Jones, one of the nation's top players, was held to four points as he missed 10 of his 11 shots. Texas A&M shot just 37 percent from the field.

Vanderbilt got off to a great start by taking a 14-1 lead as the Commodores hit six of their first seven shots from the floor. Damian Jones and Luke Kornet scored 16 of Vanderbilt's first 18 points.

Texas A&M responded with a 25-9 run that gave the Aggies as 26-23 lead on Admon Gilder's 3-pointer with 9:17 left. Vanderbilt finished the first half with a strong push taking a 40-33 lead on a 3-pointer by Wade Baldwin IV with three seconds left in the half.

Texas A&M's Jalen Jones missed eight of his first nine shots from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

The Commodores remained hot opening the second half with a 7-0 spurt that caused Aggies coach Billy Kennedy to call a timeout after Luke Kornet's 3-pointer from the top of the key stretched Vanderbilt's lead to 47-3 with 18:05 left.

Jeff Roberson's layup capped a 17-1 run, giving Vanderbilt a 49-33 lead with 17:15 left.


Texas A&M: The Aggies are two wins from their ninth 20-win season in 12 years. Texas A&M began the season ranked third.

Vanderbilt: Five Commodores are from Texas: Luke Kornet, Jeff Roberson, Djery Baptiste, Carter Josephs, Semir Sehic.


Texas A&M will host No. 25 South Carolina on Saturday.

Vanderbilt visits Mississippi on Saturday.