Saturday's game at Auburn wasn't so much a basketball game as it was a very team snuff film. Vanderbilt routed an outmatched Tiger team, 86-57, in a game that was essentially over by halftime.
Center Damian Jones had 17 points and nine rebounds despite sitting out the majority of the second half, and Matthew Fisher-Davis added 16 more in a game where the Commodores emptied their bench with more than 10 minutes left in the game.
A first-minute turnover gave Auburn an early lead, but the home team wound up trailing for the final 35 minutes of play. Jones and Fisher-Davis carried the Commodores to a 13-point halftime lead by putting the team's offense on their backs. The duo combined for 25 of the team's 37 points and shot a sparkling 11-15 from the field while their teammates combined to go 5-21 in the first 20 minutes. Jones was ultra efficient in the period, scoring 15 points on just eight shots and embarrassing the undersized Tigers in the paint.
The Commodores came out firing in the second half, draining three straight three-pointers that pushed their lead to 20 points and had Bruce Pearl scrambling for a time out. Vanderbilt kept up its intensity despite the big lead, hustling back on defense and creating chaos on seemingly every Tiger possession as the clock ran after halftime. Despite that effort, Vandy emptied its bench with about 11 minutes left to play, but that didn't stop the 'Dores from extending their lead to 74-36 at the under-eight minute media timeout.
Kevin Stallings played the end of this game with young players like Joe Toye, Samir Sehic, and Camron Justice on the court alongside fan favorites like Carter Josephs and Nathan Watkins. In all, 11 different players scored on Saturday night.
Vanderbilt improved to 15-10 on the season and 7-5 in the SEC with the road win. Auburn lost its sixth straight game and fell to 9-15 (3-9) in defeat. The Commodores will return to the court on Tuesday when they travel to 10-13 Mississippi State.