Vanderbilt entered its Wednesday house video game with LSU in the midst of the worst dropping streak in Southeastern Convention history. The Commodores exited with a gorgeous victory over the league’s major staff.
Saben Lee scored 33 and Maxwell Evans poured in a career-significant 31 as Vanderbilt snapped its 26-video game SEC dropping streak with a 99-ninety victory over the traveling to Tigers, which entered as the last unbeaten staff in the SEC.
Eventually, the decline will be a blow for the status of the SEC in what is previously a down calendar year for the league immediately after it positioned seven groups in the NCAA Event a year ago. The convention entered Wednesday night’s motion with just 5 groups in the major forty of the Web. The decline will be a blow to the resume of LSU (17-5, eight-1 SEC), which suffered its initial decline towards a Quadrant three staff. The Tigers were projected as a No. 6 seed by Jerry Palm on Monday.
For Vanderbilt (nine-13, 1-eight), the win highlights a rough year below initial-calendar year head coach Jerry Stackhouse. The Commodores missing their major player and a likely initial-spherical NBA Draft select in Aaron Nesmith to a foot harm early in the year. Although Nesmith could return late in the year, the Commodores have struggled without having him, averaging just fifty nine points for each video game as a result of their initial 8 SEC contests.
They virtually matched that whole in the initial half on Wednesday as they jumped out to a 52-forty seven guide at the crack powering twenty five initial-half points from Evans. The junior guard entered with a career-significant of 16 but blew that determine absent promptly as he caught fireplace from past the arc. The career 31.seven% three-level shooter manufactured seven of 12 tries from three-level range to ignite the group at Memorial Gymnasium, which had not hosted a Vanderbilt league victory since Feb. 17, 2018.
It was Lee and Scotty Pippen Jr. who proved unstoppable in the second half, nevertheless, as the duo merged for fourteen points in the closing 4 minutes.