Marshall comes up short at Vandy 69-67

By Staff, wire reports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Damian Jones and James Siakam scored 15 points apiece and Vanderbilt defeated a hard-charging Marshall team 69-67 Thursday night.Rod Odom added 11 points including two 3-pointers for the Commodores (5-3).Kareem Canty led the Thundering Herd (4-4) with 18 points. Elijah Pittman scored 17, and Shawn Smith went 7 of 8 on the free-throw line to finish with 15 points.Dai-Jon Parker sank a 3-pointer just inside the final minute to give Vanderbilt a 69-65 lead after Canty's 3-pointer had cut what had been a 13-point lead to 66-65. Smith sank his final two free throws and Marshall had a chance to tie it before Siakam stole the ball.
"Terrific ball game, I give Vanderbilt credit," said Marshall coach Tom Herrion. "I think they did a good job, we battled mightily but we don't believe in moral victories in my program. We didn't get the job done, I'm disappointed in that."But a lot of good things for our team to build on, you probably don't know how young we are unless you have been around our program. We got to learn a way, we did a good job, and we did exactly what we wanted to on that last play. We drove it, put pressure on them, played through contact and then game over."Vanderbilt's Josh Henderson suffered a knee injury at 11:15 of the first half right after back-to-back blocks by his teammates on a Herd fast break.Siakam made 9 of 11 free throws, hitting four straight sandwiched around Pittman's 3-pointer that trimmed it to 64-62.Jones' 3-point play a half-second before intermission gave Vanderbilt the largest lead of the first half at 35-26. He powered in a basket after halftime, then slammed in a dunk on a loose ball for a 41-30 advantage.Odom's second 3-pointer stretched Vanderbilt's second-half lead to 47-34. Marshall's Pittman had just dunked, but only after the Herd blew a big dunk attempt and VU missed on an alley-oop.Canty had a dunk following a turnover and scored on a three-point play for a 6-2 spurt that closed the gap to 49-41.Smith hit four straight free throws and then made a layup for a 6-0 Marshall run that cut it to 58-54 at the 7-minute mark. Canty followed with his 3-pointer to pull within 1.Odom hit two free throws and a 3-pointer as Vanderbilt took an early 12-6 lead. Marshall closed to 14-12 on Tyquane Goard's alley-oop dunk and one of two free throws.But Eric McClellan scored four straight baskets, his first points of the game, including three long jumpers to widen the margin to 22-14.The Herd pulled within 22-21 with a 7-0 run capped by Pittman's 3-pointer from the left baseline 3:46 before halftime. The Commodores answered with an 8-0 run including consecutive 3s by Kyler Fuller and Luke Kornet for a 30-23 lead.
Vanderbilt 69, Marshall 67Marshall (4-4)Player M FG FT R A PSane 17 2-4 0-0 2 0 4Goard 26 3-5 3-4 5 0 9Pittman 31 6-15 3-10 6 0 17
Canty 37 7-17 1-1 3 4 18Thomas 20 1-8 0-0 2 3 2Smith 24 4-6 7-8 4 0 15Boykins 9 0-1 0-0 5 1 0Manning 24 0-3 0-0 1 1 0Mbao 12 1-1 0-0 1 0 2Team    5Totals 200 24-60 14-23 34 9 67Vanderbilt (5-3)Player M FG FT R A POdom 35 3-8 3-4 6 0 11Siakam 26 3-4 9-11 4 0 15Jones 28 6-8 3-7 6 0 15McClellan 31 4-9 1-2 7 4 9Fuller 26 1-9 2-2 1 1 5Kornet 11 2-3 0-0 1 0 5Josephs 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0Parker 25 3-8 0-0 6 5 7Moats 11 1-2 0-0 0 0 2Henderson 3 0-0 0-0 2 0 0Team    6Totals 200 23-51 18-26 39 10 69Halftime: Vanderbilt 35-26. 3-point goals: Marshall 5-16 (Pittman 2-7, Canty 3-5, Thomas 0-2, Boykins 0-1, Manning 0-1). Vanderbilt 5-17 (Odom 2-5, McClellan 0-2, Fuller 1-4, Kornet 1-2, Parker 1-3, Moats 0-1). Total fouls: Marshall 19, Vanderbilt 18. Attendance: 8,240 
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