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February 16, 2013

Parker powers Vandy past Aggies

NASHVILLE, TN -- Vanderbilt welcomed SEC newcomer Texas A&M to Music City for the first time in nearly six decades, and as they did in 1955 sent them back to College Station with a loss. Vanderbilt hit 10 of their 26 3-point attempts in the way to a 63-56 win.

Vanderbilt moves to 10-14 overall and 4-8 in the SEC, while Texas A&M falls to 15-10 and 5-7.

Vanderbilt is almost always among the best shooting teams in the SEC, but this year they have been among the worst. But today -- with former sharp shooters John Jenkins and Jeffrey Taylor in the house -- sophomore Dai-Jon Parker did his own John Jenkins imitation, scoring a career-high 17 points, including 5-of-7 3-pointers.

Rod Odom added 19 points, including 4-of-9 from 3, and a team-leading seven rebounds. Josh Henderson added 11 for VU.

Lauded forward Elston Turner came into Nashville fresh off of a 37-point outburst at Ole Miss on Wednesday. But tonight, Turner was hounded all over the court, and struggled to get 14. Point guard Fabyon Harris was likewise chased at every turn by a suffocating VU defense, and finished with just nine, eight below his average.

Ray Turner added 10 for the Aggies.

The Commodores take to the road on Wednesday, to face the Kentucky in Lexington. The Aggies travel to Auburn to face the Tigers.

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