Vandy hot, Auburn cold has ‘Dores rout Tigers

AUBURN, Ala. (WIAT) — A cold shooting night from Auburn matched with hot shooting from Vanderbilt resulted in the seventh straight loss for the Tigers, 86-57.

“Give Vanderbilt credit. They’re a good team,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “The way they defend the three, they’re the leading three point defensive team in the country.”

The Tigers shot 29 percent from the field, including 25 percent from three, against the Commodores. Only three players made more than one shot on the night.

Vanderbilt finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field thanks in large part to 40 points in the paint. The Commodores also got 39 points off the bench.

The Commodores led by 13 at the half, but three quick threes to begin the second half helped separate Vanderbilt and put the game out of reach early.

“That was a big lift for us, ” Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings said of the second half start. “Probably was what sort of helped separate us enough to where we really got the game in our favor.”

Bryce Brown and TJ Lang each had 14 points for Auburn. Cinmeon Bowers added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

“I was glad to see him be more aggressive,” Pearl said of Lang. “I’m sure that his dad being here, his grandparents being here, had a lot to do with the fact that he knew that he was going to be more aggressive tonight.”

“We have enough talent in the locker room to win games,” Lang said. “We just have to put it all together and continue to get in the gym, make shots. One of these games it will all come together.”

Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones led all scorers with 17 points. Matthew Fisher-Davis added 16 points, including going 4-8 from three.

Auburn’s next game will be on the road at Arkansas Wednesday. Tip off is set for 6:00 p.m from Fayetteville.

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