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December 30, 2013

Cold shooting dooms Dores


NASHVILLE, TN -- Vanderbilt shot an abysmal 29 percent in the second half, including just 1-of-7 from 3, as the visiting St. Louis Billikins gutted out a 57-49 win at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.

VU falls to 7-4 on the season, while Saint Louis moves to 12-2.

With eight minutes remaining, Rod Odom's lone second half basket gave VU a 40-35 lead. But two consecutive turnovers and an off-balance driving heave by Eric McClellan immediately handed SLU six straight points in just 65 seconds.

Four free throws--two by James Siakam and two by Damian Jones--staved off the run, but the lead was short lived. SLU, led by repeated driving layups by Jordair Jett, was too much for the cold-shooting Commodores to overcome.

VU was led by freshman center Jones, who had a team-high 12 points and five rebounds with no personal fouls. Jones was the only Commodore to score in double figures.

McClellan finished with nine points, but also had a team-high five turnovers, and was benched for the game's final six minutes. It was the third game in a row that VU head coach Kevin Stallings sat McClellan in the game's final six minutes.

Kyle Fuller and Rod Odom both had six points, with Odom going 0-for-8 from 3.

James Siakam led VU on the board with eight rebounds.

SLU was led by Jett's 17 points, shooting 6-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Dwayne Evans and Mike McCall, Jr. both had nine points.

Six-foot-6 Grandy Glaze and 6-foot-5 Evans had a combined 19 rebounds for SLU.

Saint Louis came into the game with the nation's third-best defense, and showed it tonight. The Commodores rank near the bottom of the SEC in offense, but fell below even those marks against SLU. For the game, VU had 17 turnovers to just 12 assists, and went 3-for-17 from 3.

The Billikins didn't exactly light up the box score either, shooting just 40 percent from the field and 3-for-19 from 3.

The Commodores return to action on Saturday night versus Northeastern.


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