Vandy Holds Off Wildcats Men’s Basketball
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite not hitting a field goal the final 13:09 and scoring its last 17 points from the charity stripe, Vanderbilt held off Davidson late, 76-71, in non-conference men’s basketball action Monday evening inside Memorial Gymnasium.
The ‘Cats wrap up non-conference play 6-6, while the Commodores improve to 8-4 overall.
After the Commodores built a 24-point lead, 56-32, with 15:48 to play, Davidson slowly chipped away at their largest deficit of the contest and got within five late, but was unable to get closer.
The Wildcats, who drilled 14-of-31 3-pointers, including 10 in the second half, held Vandy to just five buckets in the frame.
The Commodores got to the free-throw line 29 times in the final stanza to finish the contest 25-of-37 overall. Davidson went 9-of-14 at the stripe.
In addition to shooting 68 percent (17-25) in the first 20 minutes, Vanderbilt grabbed control with a 22-4 run midway through the opening period and carried a 44-27 margin into the break.
Scotty Pippen led the Commodores with 18 points with 12 of his game-high coming from the line.
Davidson will open Atlantic 10 play Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest at Duquesne.