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VANDY GETS PAST
TEXAS A&M, 63-56
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rod Odom scored 19 points and Dai-Jon Parker added a career-high 17 points to lead Vanderbilt to a 63-56 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday night.

56 - 63
Memorial Gym • Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 11,269
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A&M (15-10, 5-7) 21 35 56
Vandy (10-14, 4-8) 35 38 63
 Stats at a Glance
A&M VU
FG Percentage 44.2 45.8
3-Pt FG Percentage 25.0 38.5
FT Percentage 63.6 60.0
Rebounds 32 31
Turnovers 9 9
Points in the Paint 30 20
Points off Turnovers 2 9
Second Chance Points 15 3
Fast Break Points 0 0
Bench Points 7 20
OM Leaders A&M
E Turner, 14 Pts Odom, 19
Roberson, 8 Reb Odom, 7
Caruso, 4 Ast Fuller, 6
R Turner/Caruso, 1 Stl Bright, 2
Roberson, 3 Blk two with 2

Parker made a personal-best five 3-pointers as the Commodores (10-14, 4-8 Southeastern Conference) won the first meeting between the schools since 1955.

Vanderbilt used a 20-6 run spanning the first and second halves to pull away from the Aggies (15-10, 5-7). Parker followed his final 3-pointer with a nifty reverse layup for the largest lead of the game, 46-33, with 8:37 left.

Texas A&M stormed back and closed the gap to 56-51 with 1:29 remaining. But Odom drained his career-high tying fourth 3-pointer to halt the rally.

Josh Henderson chipped in 11 for the Commodores, who had lost five of six.

Elston Turner, coming off a 37-point performance against Mississippi on Wednesday, scored 14 points and Ray Turner added 10 for Texas A&M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Texas A&M Men's Basketball

Postgame Notes

Vanderbilt 63, Texas A&M 56

Feb. 16, 2013 Memorial Gym

TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

● Texas A&M saw its record fall to 15-10 on the season with a 5-7 mark in SEC games.

● Vanderbilt, meanwhile, improved 10-14 on the year with a 4-8 league record.

● The all-time series between the schools now stands at 2-0 in favor of Vanderbilt.

TEAM NOTES

● Texas A&M jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the contest, but it was the Commodores who closed the first half on a 6-0 run to carry a 25-21 lead into the intermission.

● During the second half, Vanderbilt made seven 3-pointers to foil any A&M comeback attempt.

● For the game, Texas A&M shot 44.2 percent (23-of-52) while Vandy shot 45.8 percent (22-of-48).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

● Senior guard  Elston Turner led the Aggies with 14 points in the contest, going 7-for-19 from the floor ... It marked the 46th time in 57 career games at Texas A&M that Turner has reached double-digits in points.

● Senior forward Ray Turner finished with 10 points and five rebounds, while RS sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson ended play with eight points and eight rebounds.

● Vanderbilt was led by Rod Odom, who notched a game-high 19 points.

UP NEXT

● The Aggies hit the road next week to face Auburn on Wednesday ... The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.

● Vanderbilt, meanwhile, will travel to Lexington to face Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

Post-Game Quotes

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy 

Opening Comments:

"I have to give Vandy a lot of credit. I thought the seven three-pointers in the second half at the end of the shot clock were backbreakers. They shot the ball extremely well and in the second half I thought that was the difference in the game."

On Vanderbilt's Dai-Jon Parker:

"We had a hard time defending dribble penetration and I thought they did a good job of finding him (Parker). I also thought (Rod) Odom was a tough matchup for us and he shot the ball well. Dai-Jon Parker is a tough kid and he made some shots tonight that were critical."

On how Vanderbilt defended Elston Turner:

"Everybody loads up their defense to stop Elston and I thought Elston had a pretty good game even though he was 7-of-19. He got some looks, but they did a good job of making him work hard before he got the open shots. They (Vanderbilt) are a good defensive team and we've struggled against good defensive teams."

Texas A&M guard Elston Turner

On the inconsistency of the team:

"We're still confident that we can make a run, but the time is ticking and we're starting to run out of time. Defensively, we didn't play great, but we played well enough to win. They hit a lot of crucial shots. The bottom line is they hit shots and we didn't. We have to go back to the drawing board and get ready for a quick turnaround game Wednesday."

On what Vanderbilt did defensively against him:

"I couldn't really catch it in my sweet spots. I had to go out towards half court because they were denying me and switching on a lot of the ball screens. They didn't really extend their defense; they kept it packed in tight. They made me pass the ball. I did have some open looks, but I just wasn't able to knock them down tonight."