Vanderbilt looked as bad as they've looked this season, coming out flat in the first half and never catching up in a 69-58 defeat to Texas A&M. The loss was the Commodores' seventh straight after an 11-3 start to the season.
The Aggies made more than 53 percent of their shots from the field and outrebounded the 'Dores 32-23 in a decisive win. Vanderbilt looked disjointed all afternoon and never really threatened the home team.
Vandy couldn't keep up with A&M's ball movement early and fell into a big hole in College Station. The Aggies made assists on 12 of their 15 baskets and shot 56 percent from the field in a 39-point first half explosion. Riley LaChance went without a shot as they fell behind 39-23 at the break.
The Commodores looked sharper in the second half thanks to a recharged LaChance and a more cohesive defensive effort. LaChance scored six points on his first three shots of the day to cut the A&M lead to single digits, but the Aggies rallied back with more crisp passing and a 7-2 run of their own. That lead grew to 15 points after Danuel House's four-point play, but Wade Baldwin IV shot the 'Dores back into this one with back-to-back threes that made it 56-47 with nine minutes to play. Unfortunately, Vandy never got much closer than that in the 69-58 loss.
Baldwin led the 'Dores with 12 points and five assists. LaChance came up big in the second half with 11 points and five dimes of his own. Four different players scored in double figures for the Aggies, led by Jalen Jones and his 15 points.
Vanderbilt fell to 11-10 and 1-7 in league play with the loss. They will return to the court on Tuesday when they host Florida at Memorial Gym. Texas A&M will face Ole Miss next.