The Tigers didn’t have the start they’d hoped for against Vanderbilt and a poor beginning eventually led to a finish they didn’t want, either.
After blowing a double-digit lead against Georgia in its SEC opener, Auburn again played poorly defensively when the team tipped off in Nashville on Wednesday night.
The Commodores’ best player, Matthew Fisher-Davis, caught fire immediately, dropping in 21 points in the first half.
Auburn tried to cut into Vanderbilt’s lead in the final 20 minutes of the game to no avail.
Instead of snapping a 12-game losing streak to Vandy, the Tigers extended it, falling, 80-61, and losing their 10th straight game in Memorial Gymnasium.
Player of the game
Fisher-Davis came into this game as one of the conference’s top shooters. So, it’s not shocking that the junior took advantage of all of the open looks he got on the night.
The junior scored 19 points in barely eight minutes and finished the first half with 21 points (his third game in a row dropping in at least 20 points).
Fisher-Davis recorded a new career high not even halfway through the second half and finished with 33 points. Every time Auburn looked like it might chip away at Vanderbilt’s lead, Fisher-Davis extended it.
Following one of the best starts in school history and some good nonconference wins, Auburn is 0-2 in SEC play.
Stat of the game
The scouting report for this game was simple: Vandy isn’t afraid to let it fly and the Commodores do it well.
Vanderbilt’s shooting percentages, impressive in every regard, combined with Auburn’s lack of effort defensively, did in the Tigers.
The Commodores jumped out to a big lead, making it difficult for an Auburn team who’s been inconsistent offensively throughout the season.
Here’s what Vandy shot for the night:
Just a few seconds before the 15-minute mark in the first half, Fisher-Davis found his mark. He drilled three 3-pointers in a two-minute span, putting the Commodores up, 21-2.
A string of makes like that only inspires a player like Fisher-Davis.
From that point on, he was likely looking to set a new career high. Allowing back-to-back (to-back) treys also gives a scorer like him the confidence to make it happen — he set a new career high for points and makes halfway through the second half.
What’s next for Auburn basketball
The Tigers continue SEC play against Ole Miss in Auburn Arena on Saturday (5 p.m. CT, SEC Network) before back-to-back road games at Missouri and Kentucky.
The Rebels (9-5) are coming off of losses to Kentucky and Florida.