Vols fall at Vanderbilt, 64-60

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- The Tennessee Volunteers rallied from a 12-point deficit Wednesday but could not complete the comeback in a 64-60 loss to Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym.

Senior Jordan McRae finished 16 points to lead Tennessee (14-8, 5-4 SEC). Junior Jarnell Stokes contributed his team-leading 13th double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Trailing by as many as 12 points, the Vols slowly chipped away at Vanderbilt's lead in the second half. Maymon tied the game at 53-53 on a layup from Darius Thompson with 6:35 left.

Vanderbilt (13-8, 5-4) answered in the next possession -- a 3-pointer by Dai-Jon Parker -- and led the rest of the way.

The Vols made one more surge the last 30 seconds of the game. Freshman A.J. Davis hit a layup and junior Josh Richardson followed in the next possession with a long jumper to cut the Vanderbilt lead to 62-60 with 16 seconds left.

Senior Antonio Barton had a chance to tie the game with less than 10 seconds on the clock, but lost possession of the ball while driving through the lane on a layup attempt. Rod Odom, who led Vanderbilt with 26 points, made a pair of free throws to give Vanderbilt the final 64-60 lead.

Strong second-half rebounding helped the Vols get back in the game. Tennessee outrebounded Vanderbilt 41 to 26 in the game and collected 20 offensive rebounds, compared to just seven for Vanderbilt.

Stokes led the Tennessee with 14 rebounds, six of them on the offensive end. Maymon had 11 rebounds to go along with nine points.
The Commodores' scoring came in bunches in the first half. Vanderbilt had three 6-0 runs during the opening 20 minutes, including a run to close out the half.

McRae hit a three to cut Vanderbilt's lead to 30-26 with 4:43 left in the half, but the Vols did not score again before halftime. The

Commodores built their lead to 36-26 at halftime on a layup by Kyle Fuller.

Vanderbilt shot a strong 60 percent (15 of 25) from the field in the opening half. Rod Odom and Fuller combined to score 26 of Vanderbilt's 36 first-half points. Meanwhile, the Vols were held to 40 percent on the floor (10 of 25).

Tennessee returns to action on Saturday, hosting South Carolina at 3 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will air on ESPNU.

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