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Vanderbilt scores 120 against Savannah State

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The Commodores posted the third-highest point total in a game in school history.

NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at Southern California Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Playing against the fastest team in Division I presented an opportunity for lots of points.

Vanderbilt beat Savannah State, 120-85, on Tuesday night. The 120 points were tied for the third-highest point total in school history: the Commodores scored a school-record 130 points against Ole Miss on December 22, 1970, and scored 124 against Portland on December 27, 1969. They also scored 120 on Mississippi State on March 8, 1969.

For a while, it looked like Vanderbilt might actually break the record: they scored 65 in the first half and had 96 with 10 minutes left in the game. Vanderbilt shot 62.7 percent from the floor, 15-of-30 from three, and 21-of-25 at the free throw line in the win. Eight Commodores scored in double figures, led by Aaron Nesmith, who set career highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Vanderbilt improves to 5-1 on the season and will play NC State on Saturday.