NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt got off to a sluggish start Sunday before racing past Mississippi Valley State 84-41 inside Memorial Gymnasium.
The Commodores (2-0) trailed 15-9 early only to regroup and regain the lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
Dylan Disu had 17 points, a career-high 13 rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal to pace Vandy. Quentin Miller-Brown had 12 points and eight boards, Scotty Pippen Jr. added 11 to go along with six assists, Tyrin Lawrence scored 14 and Issac McBride tallied 10.
Vanderbilt next hosts No. 19 Richmond (4-1) at noon Wednesday. That contest will be televised by the SEC Network.
On Sunday, Vandy came out of the gates rather slowly by missing eight of its first 12 shots and six of its first seven 3s. Mississippi Valley State took advantage to the tune of a 12-9 lead eight minutes in.
After getting down 15-9, Trey Thomas hit a 3, Pippen sank a pair of free throws and McBride connected on a trip of his own giving the Commodores a 17-15 advantage. A Braelee Albert corner 3 pushed the margin to 22-15 and polished off what amounted to a 13-0 Vandy run.
A corner triple from Disu at the buzzer sent the Commodores into the locker room up 34-22. Vanderbilt outscored the Delta Devils 25-7 over the final 10 1/2 minutes.
Vandy opened the second half in stark contrast to the first by making 4 of 6 shots and a pair of 3s. A Disu 3 pushed the lead to 46-24 with 16:50 to play and forced an MVSU timeout.
Millora-Brown’s dunk with 14 minutes to go made the margin to 54-24. Mississippi Valley State couldn’t keep up from there.
Devin Gordon had 13 to lead the Delta Devils (0-7).
Mississippi Valley State 41
Commodores (2-0) host No. 19 Richmond (4-1) at noon Wednesday pic.twitter.com/wZIWsF7MvB
— Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) December 13, 2020