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Vanderbilt stuns Florida to snap four-game losing streak, 68-66

The Commodores beat the Gators for the third time in a row.

NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at Florida Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt went into Gainesville with a four-game losing streak and an 8-10 record in Bryce Drew’s first season.

So, naturally, the Commodores did the improbable. Vanderbilt was a 13-point underdog heading into the game and instead stunned the #19 Florida Gators, 68-66. Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 19 points to lead the Commodores, but it was Nolan Cressler who came up big late for Vanderbilt. With Vanderbilt nursing a one-point lead with a minute and a half left, Cressler grabbed a defensive rebound and immediately ran into Florida’s Devin Robinson. An admittedly questionable foul call sent Cressler to the line for a pair of free throws that he made, and on Vanderbilt’s next possession, Cressler drove baseline and made a layup to give Vanderbilt a four-point lead with 36 seconds left.

Still, Vanderbilt couldn’t rest until Riley LaChance rebounded KeVaughn Allen’s final three-point attempt at the end of regulation; that would have won the game for Florida. Instead the Commodores prevailed for easily the biggest win of Bryce Drew’s short tenure in Nashville.

Vanderbilt improves to 9-10 on the season and 3-4 in the SEC. The Commodores return to action when Arkansas comes to town on Tuesday night.