Freshman Maxwell Evans scored 19 points on five made three-point baskets, but it was not enough to overcome Canadian collegiate powerhouse Carleton, as the Ravens came away with an 81-74 victory over the Commodores in their U.S. Virgin Islands Tour finale at the University of the Virgin Islands. Vanderbilt played without the services of seniors Matthew Fisher-Davis, Riley LaChance, and Jeff Roberson, who were given the night off by Commodore head coach Bryce Drew.
Carleton led the game for all but 23 seconds, which came midway through the second half. The Commodores trailed by as many as 17 in the first half, but battled back to take the lead on a Saben Lee layup with 9:55 to go to make the score, 56-55. Vanderbilt's lead was short-lived however, as the Ravens immediately responded 23 seconds later with a 9-0 run to retake the lead for good.
The Commodores shot 42.3% from the floor and 41.7% from three, but were out rebounded by Carleton, 41-30. The Ravens converted on 48.4% of their shots from the floor and 47.4% from three for the game.
Besides Evans' 19-point effort, fellow freshman Saben Lee added 14 points and sophomore Payton Willis chipped in 12 points. Willis also led the team in rebounding with six.
Coach Drew on the Trip
"It's been a fantastic trip from a lot of different areas. We got to learn about the culture and history of the island, and we got to do some great team-building experiences, especially with our day at sea with a few guys who had never swam before. And with basketball, we have really grown with these games that will help us be a better team come November.
"With so many new guys this year, it was great to be able to spend some time together, get to know each other better, go through these experiences together, and play some games together. I think all of this time will help us throughout the season because of the familiarity we've gained with each other on this trip."
Commodores depart Friday
Vanderbilt returns to the mainland on Friday afternoon and lands in Nashville around 11 p.m. CT.