Loyola's 3s Too Much for Vanderbilt

Scotty Pippen Jr. scores 23 for Commodores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Visiting Loyola made 17 3-pointers Friday at Memorial Gymnasium to overcome Scotty Pippen Jr.’s 23 points in a 69-58 victory over Vanderbilt.

The Ramblers (9-2) made nine more 3s than 2s en route to the victory.

Pippen, who also had five rebounds, and his teammates shot a combined 13 of 39 from the floor in the Vandy’s third consecutive loss.

Vanderbilt (5-4) has the week off before hosting Austin Peay (4-3) at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Loyola was steady in the early going Friday as it made four 3s to reach a 14-10 lead less than eight minutes into the game. Vanderbilt climbed back in front 17-16 with a Pippen steal and layup with 8 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

The Ramblers got back-to-back 3s from Saint Thomas and Braden Norris, respectively, to build a 25-19 lead. They held that six-point edge for much of the waning moments of the half until a Myles Stute layup cut it to 30-27 with 67 seconds on the clock.

Loyola would take that exact score into the locker room at halftime. The visitors shot 8 of 16 from distance and had eight assists on 11 made field goals.

The Ramblers grew their lead to seven with a corner 3 from Marquise Kennedy, making it 36-29 early in the second half—that was the 10th triple of the game for Loyola.

Vandy fought back to within 39-37 and 42-40, but Norris hit two triples in a row to make it a 50-40 game with 11:49 to play. The Commodores could not get any closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Norris led the Ramblers with 18.


• Vandy has used the same starting lineup in all nine games this season.

• Pippen is now two points away from 1,000 for his career.

• Vanderbilt is now 0-5 all-time against Loyola and 10-13 against programs from the Missouri Valley Conference.

• The Commodores have now made at least two 3s in 48 straight games.

Trey Thomas has now played in 34 straight games for the Commodores.

Jordan Wright has now started 24 straight games for Vanderbilt.

• Attendance on Friday was announced as 7,002.


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