Downed at Davidson

Vanderbilt drops road opener to Wildcats

DAVIDSON, N.C. — In the first road contest of the year, Vanderbilt men’s basketball fell at Davidson on Tuesday night, 85-65.

Sophomore Scotty Pippen Jr. led the Commodores with 24 points on 7 of 18 shooting, including a career-high six made threes. Classmate Dylan Disu registered his second double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while DJ Harvey was also in double figures with 12 points.

Davidson (5-3) jumped out to a 10-4 lead on its home floor, but Vanderbilt answered with the next 10 and held a 17-14 lead at the midway point of the half.

The teams shared buckets for much of the remainder of the opening half before Davidson scored six of the last eight to create a 35-29 lead at the break.

The Wildcats stretched their lead to double digits, 46-36, at the 13:22 mark, and that advantage steadily stretched until the final buzzer.

“We’ve gotta look ourselves in the mirror and come out ready to play,” head coach Jerry Stackhouse said of the performance. “We just didn’t follow the game plan. We were a step slow.”

For the game, Vanderbilt shot just under 40 percent overall and 31 percent from 3-point range.

Up next for the Commodores is the nonconference finale against Alcorn State. Sunday’s tip off at Memorial Gymnasium is set for 3 p.m. on SEC Network.