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December 5, 2013

Siakam helps Vandy survive Marshall's upset bid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt got 15 points each from James Siakam and Damian Jones, as the Commodores staved off an upset from Conference USA's Marshall on Thursday night, winning by a 69-67 count at Memorial Gym.

Dai-Jon Parker's 3-pointer from the right side with 1:01 left provided the winning margin for VU, which improved to 5-3 on the year. It was the junior's only 3-pointer of the night.

The Commodores led the whole way, and by nine at one point, but nearly blew the lead down the stretch due to a number of poor decisions and sloppy play.

Marshall had a shot to win on the game's final possession, and point guard Kareem Canty came off a high screen and dribbled into a sea of Commodores. James Siakam appeared to strip Canty of the ball, and in the ensuing scrum, the clock ran out with the ball in VU's possession as Marshall coach Tom Herrion screamed for a foul that he didn't get.

"A lot of contact in my opinion. I thought there was enough contact to make a call," Herrion said later.

The 'Dores held Elijah Pittman, the nation's eighth-leading scorer, to 17 points on a 23.7-point average.

Odom (11 points) was VU's other double-figure scorer.

Vanderbilt now has a dozen days off until it plays Austin Peay on Dec. 17.

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