Vanderbilt dropped a close one to Dayton on Wednesday.
The Commodores came up short on the road against the Flyers, falling 68-63 in a game that featured more scoring in the second half. Vanderbilt held a 23-21 lead at halftime, but the Commodores weren’t able to create momentum after the break.
The Flyers built a seven-point lead with 13:11 left and held on the rest of the way, despite a game-high 25 points from Vanderbilt’s Matthew Fisher-Davis.
Player of the game: Charles Cooke
Cooke was stellar for Dayton, leading his team with 19 points. Kendall Pollard added 13 points, and Ryan Mikesell had 12.
Stat line of the game: Dayton’s second-half shooting
The Flyers turned it on late. They shot 51.9 percent in the second half, which was a large reason for their ability to pull away.
Turning point of the game: An early second-half spurt for Dayton
The teams were tied at 23 early in the second half, but the Flyers scored six straight points to build a lead they didn’t surrender. A six-point edge might not seem like much, but it was enough for Dayton to create the separation it needed.
What’s next for Vanderbilt Commodores basketball
The Commodores play at LSU on Dec. 29 to begin SEC play.
Vanderbilt Commodores box score