Men’s Basketball Shuts Down Vanderbilt 85 – 65
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Offensive rebounds and second-chance points powered Davidson past Vanderbilt, 85-65, Tuesday night in Belk Arena, giving the Wildcats two straight victories entering the holiday break.
The victory is No. 599 for head coach Bob McKillop.
His Wildcats dominated the boards, overpowering the Commodores with a 47-29 advantage and scored 27 points after an initial miss. In all, Davidson (5-3) had 16 offensive boards, with Hyunjung Lee and Sam Mennenga securing three apiece.
Lee led the way offensively with 23 points, while Carter Collins scored 22 for the second game in a row. Kellan Grady chipped in 19 points while leading the defensive effort against Scotty Pippen, Jr., and Michael Jones added a season-high 11 points off the bench.
After building a 35-29 halftime lead, Davidson shot 54 percent to pull away in the second half. The lead reached double digits for the first time at 42-31 following a Luka Brajkovic dunk at the 16:20 mark, and the Wildcats kept the Commodores at bay from there, with Lee and Collins scoring 13 and 12 in the second 20 minutes.
Pippen paced Vanderbilt (3-2) with 19 of his 24 points coming in the second half.
Davidson returns to Atlantic 10 Conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 30, when it hosts Richmond.