Dores Run Past ‘Bows

Vandy forces 21 turnovers

HONOLULU Strong defense and a 21-point effort from Scotty Pippen Jr. helped lift Vanderbilt to a 68-54 win over Hawai’i in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on Wednesday. 

Vanderbilt (7-4) forced 21 turnovers including 10 steals to hold off a second-half run by the Rainbow Warriors (4-4). 

The Dores return to action at 9 p.m. CT Thursday to take on BYU (11-2) in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic on ESPN2.

Freshman Shane Dezonie posted a career-high 10 points while Quentin Millora-Brown went for nine points and nine boards in the victory. 

Vanderbilt started hot by scoring the first six points of the game. Later in the half, the Dores used a 14-0 run sparked by a pair of Trey Thomas 3-pointers to give Vandy a 19-point edge at 28-9. Hawai’i trimmed the Vandy lead down to 11 on three occasions before the break. 

Led by 13 points from Pippen and eight forced Hawai’i turnovers, the Commodores took a 35-24 lead into halftime. 

The Rainbow Warriors started the half on a 7-0 run to make it 35-31. Vandy regrouped and battled back, utilizing a 7-0 run of its own later to stretch its advantage back to double figures at 59-47 with 5:28 to play. 

The Commodores went on to take a 14-point lead on a pair of Pippen free throws in the last two minutes and held on for the 11-point victory. 

Hawai’i was led by 31 points from Noel Coleman.

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