Vanderbilt earned a much-needed win on Saturday, shutting down a disjointed Missouri team in a 76-53 victory. Vandy held the Tigers to just 37.5% shooting thanks in part to Damian Jones's monster defense in the middle.
Jones had 16 points, seven rebounds, and six blocks to lead the 'Dores to their fourth win in the last six games. In all, five different Commodores had 11 points or more.
Vanderbilt jumped out to a 24-10 lead early, but the Tigers found some hot shooting to help cut the home team's lead to 37-29 at the half. They were unable to sustain that momentum after halftime. An 8-2 Vandy run gave the team some breathing room and the 13-2 run that followed it effectively sealed this game up. The 'Dores led 61-37 at the under eight minute media timeout.
That big lead gave Vandy the chance to unleash some fan favorites from the deep end of the bench. Nathan Watkins, Philip McGloin, and Carter Josephs all earned playing time as the clock wound down on the Commodore win. Unfortunately neither Watkins or McGloin - the team's resident walk-ons - was able to find the bottom of the net.
Vanderbilt dominated nearly every statistical category in the win. They outrebounded the Tigers 46-26 thanks to James Siakam's 13 boards and posted a 21-11 advantage in assists. The victory boosts their record to 15-12 and 5-9 in the SEC. For Missouri, Saturday's loss was their 13th in a row. They fell to 7-20 and 1-13 in the conference.
Vandy returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Knoxville. They'll have a chance to avenge a heartbreaking overtime loss to Tennessee. Tip-off is at 6:00 CST.