The Vanderbilt Commodores fought the good fight against the #10 ranked USC Trojans Sunday night at Memorial Gymnasium, but they fell in overtime 93-89.
The Commodores were paced by Matthew Fisher-Davis with 31 points, 2 off his career high, with 21 of those points coming in the 2nd half. Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 35 points for the Trojans.
Vanderbilt built a 14-point lead at 34-20 with 3:33 left in the 1st half, but USC closed the half on a 15-0 run to lead 35-34 at the break.
Again, the Commodores took a double-digit lead at 62-52 with 9:37 to play, but as before, the Trojans fought back to go ahead 72-71 with 2:16 remaining. Vanderbilt retook the lead and a lay-up by Larry Austin, Jr. put the Commodores up 80-77 with :33 seconds left. But McLaughlin calmly hit a 3-pointer on the other end for to tie the game 80-80 and Vanderbilt was unable to hit the game-winner.
USC got off to a great start in the overtime period, building an 87-80 lead and the Commodores were unable to recover, falling 93-89.
Vanderbilt Coach Bryce Drew said afterwards, “We definitely put ourselves in a position to win,” Drew said. “USC is a top-10 team or a Sweet Sixteen [team] for a reason. They made shots and made plays when they needed it.”
Next up for the Commodores is a trip to Brooklyn, NY for the NIT Tip-Off where Vanderbilt will face Virginia on Thursday.