For most of Saturday night, it looked like Vanderbilt was going to take a loss to a good Chattanooga team. The Mocs, who came into the game with a record of 8-2 and having already beaten Tennessee in their season opener, led 38-34 at the half and held a 62-53 lead with 9:38 to go.
But with the Mocs holding a 64-56 lead with just under eight minutes left, Matthew Fisher-Davis was fouled on a three-point attempt and proceeded to make all three free throws. Then Riley LaChance got going, sinking four free throws over the next couple of minutes before nailing a three-pointer to tie the game at 68 with 4:02 left.
Even after a Luke Kornet three with a minute and a half left that gave Vanderbilt its first lead since the four-minute mark of the first half, though, it looked like Chattanooga might prevail after Casey Jones calmly sank a jumper and Vanderbilt came up with a couple of empty possessions. But Chattanooga’s Greg Pryor missed the front end of a one-and-one with ten seconds left, and on the ensuing possession Kornet nailed a three with 2.9 seconds to go, giving Vanderbilt the win.
The Commodores improved to 6-5 on the season and picked up their first win over a KenPom top 100 team on the year. Vanderbilt will be back in action on Wednesday night as they head to Dayton.