NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State made the short trip to Vanderbilt only to run into a hot-shooting team from 3-point range as the Commodores defeated the Tigers 87-65 Sunday night in Memorial Gym.
The game between the two city schools came in the opening round of the Las Vegas Holiday Tournament. TSU had entered the game coming off a tough 76-73 overtime loss at Western Kentucky Friday night.
"We gave a game that we should have won away Friday, but we were beaten by a better club tonight" said Tiger coach Cy Alexander. "Vanderbilt has experienced seniors and some talented young players and you have to give them credit."
The Commodores made 6-of-11 3-pointers in the first half and 8-of-17 in the final 20 minutes to finish 14-28 for 50 percent. For the game, Vandy was 31-56 for 55 percent.
The tone was set early by Vanderbilt as the Commodores hit their first 3-pointer just 21 seconds into the game. Seven different Commodores made 3-pointers and Mario Moore led the home team with 19 points.
The Tigers were led By Rod Flowers in scoring for the second straight game. Flowers scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half. Eric King and Wayne Arnold each added 12 points.
TSU held a 34-25 advantage on the boards. King had a game-high eight rebounds while Flowers had seven.
The Tigers trailed 29-25 with 4:29 left in the first half, but VU made a 14-4 run to lead 43-29 at halftime.
TSU will play Southern Illinois Tuesday before going to Las Vegas for a pair of games next weekend, beginning Friday against Cal State-Northridge.