NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scotty Pippen Jr. went 15 for 15 from the free-throw line and finished with 22 point and Vanderbilt beat Texas A&M 79-68 for the Commodores first Southeastern Conference tournament win in four years.
No. 12 seed Vanderbilt (8-15) snapped a four-game skid against the Aggies. Emanuel Miller led No. 13 seed Texas A&M (8-10) with 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting. The rest of the Aggies combined to make 16 of 50 from the field.
The Commodores, who hit 12 3-pointers and outscored the Aggies 21-7 from the foul line, play fifth-seeded Florida in Thursday’s second round.
Texas A&M scored used a 13-0 run to make it 45-all with 12 minutes to play but Myles Stute answered with a 3 and Vanderbilt led the rest of the way.