NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four Commodores scored in double figures in the second half to help Vanderbilt men’s basketball rally for a 97-84 victory over No. 15/16 Arkansas Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium.
Jordan Wright posted 15 points in 12 minutes after the break, with Liam Robbins adding 14, Trey Thomas 13 and Tyrin Lawrence 10 as the Commodores improved to 9-8 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. Lawrence paced Vandy overall with 22 points, adding five rebounds, while Wright ended up with 17. Myles Stute supplied 15 points and seven rebounds, Quentin Millora-Brown and Lee Dort were credited with five boards each and Robbins contributed three blocks on the defensive end.
Ricky Council IV led all players with 24 points for the Razorbacks (12-5, 1-4 SEC), who also got 18 points and six rebounds from Anthony Black. Davonte Davis added 17 points and Makhi Mitchell scored 11 as well.
After a back-and-forth affair through most of the first half, Arkansas went up 42-34 at the break after shooting six technical free throws in the final minute before the intermission. Down six at the first media timeout of the second half, Vandy put together a 13-2 run over the next four minutes to take the lead for good. Wright’s jumper in the paint extended the advantage to 10, 69-59, with eight and a half minutes remaining, going up by as many as 14.
Vanderbilt shot 69.2 percent (18 of 26) over the final 20 minutes, ending the day 51.8 percent overall while making 10 of 18 3-point attempts and going 29 of 36 at the foul line.
The Dores are next in action when fourth-ranked Alabama visits Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.