Cleaning the Glass: Missouri

Feb. 27, 2018

By Zac Ellis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt wasn’t able to close Senior Night on a high note.

Despite an early lead, the Commodores allowed visiting Missouri to catch fire in the second half and run away with a 74-66 win at Memorial Gym.

Here’s how it went down:

THE SKINNY: The Commodores came out shooting in the first half, leading by as many as seven points behind an 8-for-15 start from 3-point land. Senior Jeff Roberson led all scorers with 13 points, but Missouri managed to cut its deficit to 32-30 at half. The Tigers followed by catching fire after the break, knocking down seven of their 11 3-pointers and building a double-digit lead down the stretch.

TURNING POINT: Vanderbilt went more than six minutes without hitting a shot midway through the second half. That allowed Missouri to rally from what was a seven-point first-half deficit to lead by 15 points with 4:10 to play.

IMPACT PLAYER: Riley LaChance and Jeff Roberson. Despite the loss, Vanderbilt’s pair of seniors came up big in their final game at Memorial Gym. The duo combined to score 36 points and hit eight of their 17 3-point attempts. But the Dores’ seniors didn’t get much help: no other Vandy player scored more than seven points.

STARTLING STAT: 65.2 – Missouri’s shooting percentage in the second half. The Tigers hit 15-of-23 field goals – including 7-of-11 from downtown – after the break, all while turning the ball over just four times.

WHAT IT MEANS: Vanderbilt has now lost three straight games. That stretch includes two consecutive losses at home after having previously won five in a row at Memorial.

WHAT’S NEXT: Vanderbilt closes the regular season against Ole Miss on Saturday in Oxford. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network.

Zac Ellis is the Writer and Digital Media Editor for Vanderbilt Athletics.


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